Shuttle service for Gold Star bridge pedestrians to start Monday

GROTON — Starting Monday, state officials will offer a shuttle service for pedestrians and bicyclists to cross the Gold Star Memorial Bridge while crews repair a walkway damaged in a fatal car crash last month

The free, 20-passenger shuttle bus, which will operate on continuous 30-minute loops, will begin Monday. The bus will run seven days a week between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m., according to the state Department of Transportation. 

The sidewalk on the bridge linking Gorton and New London has been closed since April 21 when a truck carrying heating oil collided with a disabled car, causing the truck to overturn and ignite its 2,200 gallons of oil. The crash did not cause any structural harm to the bridge, but it did damage the walkway. 

Transportation department officials said the shuttle service will allow pedestrians and cyclists to cross the bridge while the walkway is closed for repair and testing. The bus, which will be labeled  “Gold Star Bridge Shuttle,” will be able to carry up to two bicycles. 

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