$4.6 million Colton 'S' Curve Bridge opens to traffic, temporary one-way structure closing today
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 6:27 am

This photo taken of the S-Curve bridge detour was submitted by Karen Parsons in September.

SOUTH COLTON – After months of construction, a new “S” Curve bridge will be reopend to traffic today, according to state Department of Transportation sposkesman Michael Flick.

Flick said the temporary bridge would be taken out of service today. He said remaining work may require short-term lane closures with alternating one-way traffic controlled by flaggers.

Flick reminded drivers to exercise caution when traveling through a work zone.

The big curve in the road has long been a landmark for travelers in the mountainous terrain coming north from Sevey’s Corners or going south from South Colton along Route 56.

It took a flash flood and several years for a fix to take shape, but the big S-curve on State Route 56 south of South Colton got $4.6 million for a new bridge and some straightening.

A temporary fix bridge was constructed by the DOT when flash flood along Cold Brook in September 2005 undermined a section of the curve.