Town officials on Monday pulled out signs installed at each end of the Jelliff Mill Bridge because they misidentified the Noroton River flowing underneath as the ‘Norton River.’
Asked who’s responsible for the botch job, New Canaan Public Works Director Tiger Mann said the contractor, Hudson, Mass.-based New England Infrastructure Inc., pointed to a subcontractor. According to Mann, the contract administrator on the project told the subcontractor on Jan. 11 that the correct spelling for the signs was ‘Noroton River,’ as noted on the plans. Ultimate responsibility for the $3.2 million Jelliff Mill Bridge replacement project, completed last summer, falls with the state, which paid for 80 percent of it, Mann said. The ‘Norton’ signs had gone up “very recently,” Mann said, and the mistake was caught Monday.