About the Bridge
WEEK OF NOVEMBER 20, 2017
The first of seven tractor trailer trucks, each carrying 45,000 pounds of steel for the temporary bridge, will arrive on Friday morning, November 16. The steel is manufactured in 20-foot sections that will be assembled like an erector set on the banks of the Winooski. On Wednesday, November 22, the contractor expects the bridge will be ready to be rolled into place, with the help of a crane.
Vermont's Accelerated Bridge Program
Since starting this program in 2012 to expedite project delivery speed using efficient and innovative methods, the Vermont Agency of Transportation has rebuilt 28 bridges.
By reducing the time it takes to construct a new bridge, VTrans has been able to save money spent on design, utility and Right-of-Way impacts and road closures. It also minimizes disruption to travelers and commerce..
The Accelerated Bridge Program encourages early and continued public engagement, streamlining design and plan preparation while exploring innovative contracting and construction techniques.
Built in 1936, the VT 14 bridge over the Winooski River in the Village of East Montpelier, Vermont will be replaced in 2018.
The new bridge will be wider, with a third lane and traffic signal added to aide left turns onto US 2 as well as onto the bridge from US2. Sidewalks on the bridge as well as along Route 2 will be constructed.
Besides building a new bridge, the Vermont Agency of Transportation will widen the approach roads (on VT 14 and US 2) as well as add a left turn lane on US 2 to ease movements onto the bridge. Currently, the base of the existing US 2 roadway contains old rigid concrete pavement which is detrimental to the asphalt wearing surface. This rigid concrete will be removed within the project limits as part of the project. About 900 feet of US 2 will be resurfaced as part of the bridge reconstruction project. Minor utility work is anticipated. Overhead lines will be relocated in the vicinity of the bridge construction.
Traffic volumes, impacts on local businesses, residents and regional travelers and using accelerated construction techniques to reduce the impact to the traveling public are key considerations of how of the Agency will approach the project. Major construction will begin in the summer of 2017.