A historic bridge has a historic sound, and now that sound is back where it belongs. State Senator Andrew Maynard announced July 31 that the whistle which had long accompanied the raising and lowering of the Mystic Drawbridge has returned. The whistle was re-installed on Tuesday, July 30.
“The old familiar whistle is as much a part of historic downtown as the drawbridge itself,” said Sen. Maynard. “When it was gone, people noticed. I’m just glad we were able to track it down and put it back before it was
lost for good.”
The whistle was removed during the recent rehabilitation of the drawbridge, and its absence was sorely felt as local residents and business owners accustomed to the unique whistle were met instead by a horn-like blare. After they expressed their concerns to Sen. Maynard, the Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) promptly returned the whistle on Tuesday.
“This is a great illustration of our commitment to listen to our many constituencies and, whenever possible, accommodate their requests,” said DOT Commissioner James P. Redeker. “I am pleased that we were able to make this simple change that, in turn, pleases the community.”
Sen. Maynard welcomed the news. “So much of Mystic’s charm lies in its local history, and we are happy to have a piece of that history returned to us.”
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