Derby-Shelton Bridge Enhancements

The Derby-Shelton bridge carries Bridge Street (State Road 712) over the Housatonic River between downtown Shelton and Downtown Derby. The bridge further represents the primary crossing of the Housatonic River with the Naugatuck Valley region and stands as a critical regional infrastructure.

The intent of the renovation-enhancement project is to create an aesthetically pleasing public space along the Derby-Shelton Bridge and provide an attractive gateway to the downtown areas of Derby and Shelton. It is being designed by AECOM under contract to the NVCOG. Construction will be advertised and administrated by the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT).  This project will improve the bridges' cosmetic appearance, providing an attractive gateway to the downtown areas of Derby and Shelton. Improvement to the bridge will improve traffic flow as well as fortify pedestrian and cycling infrastructures through the widening of sidewalks and the inclusion of bike lanes. These enhancements will enhance connections to both downtowns' appearance and functionality in conjunction with the planned Rt. 34 enhancements.

The project will include:

•The replacement of bridge parapet walls; The new parapet will be either a solid concrete wall or include decorative railings; The railing treatment and its placement along the parapet can provide safety, as well as aesthetically attractive sightlines

•The removal of existing lighting and replacement with period style lights that both enhance the presence of the bridge at night and comply with dark sky guidelines; Additional lighting would be installed within the pedestrian plaza as needed

•Various roadway improvements, including the narrowing of the travel lanes to accommodate the public space and a bi-directional cycle-track to separate bicyclists from both vehicle traffic and pedestrians. 

•The placement of benches that serve as a catalyst for creating a gathering or resting place, and encourage walkers to linger to enjoy the views of the river  

The project will also offer connectivity with the existing Housatonic Riverwalk trail network in Shelton and the Derby Greenway/Naugatuck River Greenway in Derby. The project limits will extend from the Bridge Street intersection with Main Street in Derby to the west end of the Derby-Shelton Bridge and includes the connections to Canal Street. 

It is currently expected that the design will be completed in late 2018, with construction being bid in early 2019 and completed by the end of that calendar year.  While travel lanes may be narrowed, there will be no reduction in roadway capacity. 

A public information meeting on the project was held in Shelton City Hall on April 18, 2018.

To provide feedback on the project, please email:

04/18/2018 Powerpoint presentation

Project location and funding