The state Department of Transportation will begin construction on a new bridge on Route 111 next week near Ryegate Terrace. The bridge will carry traffic over an unnamed brook. The project should be complete by November 2017.

According the the state’s project sheet, the bridge, #02627, will extend 2,024 feet and include three travel lanes and shoulders on both sides. Construction will be conducted in two stages.

In the first stage, traffic will be maintained on the existing bridge while the western (southbound traffic) part of the bridge, roadway, sidewalk, and drainage are constructed, said state Rep. J.P. Sredzinski. During the second stage, the eastern part of the bridge will be built, and traffic will be shifted to the portion of the road constructed in the first stage and will include two 11-foot lanes and two one-foot shoulders. Ryegate Terrace will be closed to traffic during the second stage, and a local detour will be put in place.

Monroe First Selectman Steve Vavrek said the project was long overdue.

“We were expecting this to have been done years ago, and the current bridge had deteriorated to the point where last year we had to pave over the structure just to keep it from failing,” he said.

Vavrek said the project would smooth out traffic flow in the area, particularly northbound, where two lanes of traffic have to merge into a single lane over the bridge, creating a bottleneck.

“That extra lane, plus having a normal shoulder, should make driving through the area much better,” he said.

Ideally, when complete the new bridge would also be a boost to local businesses in the area, Vavrek said.

“There are times during the day where people don’t even go that way because they know how bad the traffic backups can be,” Vavrek said. “It will be inconvenient during construction, but once it’s done it will be a lot better.”