Dominic Rendero, an Eagle Scout candidate with Troup 59, has completed his Eagle Scout project with help from fellow scouts, friends, family members and Bethany Land Trust volunteers. His project, a 34-foot bridge, spans a stream at the entrance to the J.B. Gardner trail in the Russell Swamp area off Sanford Road in Woodbridge that the Bethany Land Trust helps maintain. This trail is a remnant of the historic Naugatuck Trail, originally established by the Paugussett Tribe, and is one of the oldest Native American trails in Connecticut. It was later used by settlers, including the 1800’s “Leatherman,” as the main route leading from New Haven to Naugatuck.
With guidance from master carpenter and Bethany Land Trust board member, Bart Piccirillo, Rendero crafted the bridge design and guided his project through the approval process of several Woodbridge organizations, town boards and commissions (Planning and Zoning, Inland Wetlands, Board of Selectman, Woodbridge Land Trust). He procured construction materials and directed his team of scouts and other volunteers during the construction phase in July and August.
The bridge, estimated to be about 4 tons, is supported by three telephone poles donated by Eversource Energy with decking made from a composite material. Donations of cement, stone, decking and other materials were made by Woodbridge True Value Hardware, Home Depot of East Haven, Home Depot of Derby, Home Depot of Hamden, and West Rock Materials. Mr. Rendero is also grateful for the generous contributions from Laticrete International and B and B Transportation. Both Rendero and Piccirillo are pretty sure this bridge will be there for a long time.
The Bethany Land Trust is grateful to be supported by the Scouts, their parents and leaders and we are always looking to provide the Scouts with opportunities for community engagement.
L-R: Aiden Tisher, James Fortin, Mathew Haiday, Jack Fortin, Dominic Rendero