Rochester/Middlebury/Warren Bridge Projects 2014 Construction Season Ending Soon
As the end of the 2014 construction season approaches, five of the six bridge replacement projects included in the Rochester/Middlebury/Warren Bridge Projects project are complete and opened in record time including two weekend bridge replacement projects, Bridge 15 over Corporation Brook and Bridge 16 over Bingo Brook in Rochester on VT 73, along with a historic arch structure, Bridge 13 over the Middlebury River in East Middlebury on VT 125.
The bridges completed during the 2014 construction season include:
Completing the bridges ahead of schedule was made possible by VTrans' Accelerated Bridge Construction methods. Accelerated Bridge Construction, in which bridge components are built off site and assembled on site, reduces project cost, impacts to the public, and the duration of the construction period. This unprecedented effort required careful construction sequencing among the projects and heightened communication with the public.
Construction is scheduled to continue on Bridge 19 in Rochester through the end of November. The two lane temporary bridge will remain in place over the winter and continue to carry traffic over the White River. VT 100 will be open to two way traffic prior to the winter shutdown. Bridge 19 will be completed in the spring and opened to traffic.
This the final construction update for the 2014 construction season. The website will remain active. For more information, please visit the project website at www.rmw.vtransprojects.vermont.gov.
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Rochester VT 73 Opens Ahead of Schedule
Rochester VT 73 Bridge 13 opened today at 6 pm, 48 hours ahead of schedule. The crossing over Brandon Brook has been closed since September 11 in order to replace a temporary culvert with a permanent structure. The temporary culvert was installed as an emergency repair in 2011 after Tropical Storm Irene destroyed the previous culvert. The culvert was replaced using Accelerated Bridge Construction methods which reduce construction cost and provide the simplest method of construction.
"This has been our most ambitious application of the accelerated bridge program to date," said Transportation Secretary, Brian Searles. "These communities were understandably reluctant to weather another round of road closures, but thanks to good planning, strong communication, and a motivated team, we have opened all five of these bridges ahead of schedule. There's still work to be done, but the major disruptions are behind us."
Rochester VT 73 Bridge 13 was part of a $6.4 million project that involved the replacement of three other bridges, VT 73 Bridge 15, VT 73 Bridge 16, and VT 73 Bridge 19. Bridges 15 and 16 are now open to traffic, while Bridge 19 remains under construction.
For more information, please visit the project website at www.rmw.vtransprojects.vermont.gov.
VT 73 Closure Notice
Rochester VT 73 Bridge 13 will be closed to all traffic beginning at 6 PM on Thursday, September 11, 2014. The bridge will reopen at 6 PM on Wednesday, September 24, 2014.
In the event the bridge opening is delayed, a notice will be posted on the project website and emailed to those registered on the website. Please check for this notice on Tuesday, September 23, 2014. A delayed opening notification will be posted no later than 7 PM.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Reopening of Warren VT 100 Bridge 166
Warren VT 100 Bridge 166 opened at 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 16. VT 100 is now open to traffic. The bridge, which is located on VT 100 over the Mad River, approximately 2.5 miles south of the Town of Warren, is part of the Rochester/Middlebury/Warren Bridge Projects, a combined effort to replace six structures in a single construction season.
Bridge 166 over the Mad River was replaced using accelerated bridge construction methods, which involve building bridge components offsite and erecting the bridge onsite to reduce construction time and minimize traffic delays. "The accelerated bridge construction techniques used for Bridge 166 are a perfect example of VTrans strong effort to reduce construction costs and environmental impacts on our State bridge projects," noted Rob Young, VTrans Project Manager. "A new bridge in less than 12.5 days is an amazing feat."
With the road open, it is available for two-way traffic. Minor delays for activities, such as paving, will limit traffic to alternating one-way traffic controlled with flaggers.
Trucking Advisory for Warren VT 100 Bridge 166: VT 17 Detour Route Notice
The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) is issuing an advisory to all commercial truck traffic regarding the VT 17 detour route. This corridor will be used as a detour during construction on Bridge 166 over the Mad River in Warren. The bridge is approximately 8.3 miles south of the junction of VT 100 and VT 17. Commercial drivers should note that the detour segment of VT 17 is 35 miles long and contains steep grades and winding corners. Additionally, drivers should note that this route may cause extra fuel consumption and accelerated brake wear.
The Bridge 166 project will replace the existing bridge with a new bridge on the existing alignment. Construction is anticipated to take place from August 4 through August 18.
The detour route will reroute traffic to Route 17/Route 116/Route 125.
Rochester VT 73 Opens Tomorrow Morning
Rochester VT 73 will open at 6 AM on Monday, July 28th. The bridge replacement project, part of a combined effort to replace four structures in one construction season, is the second of two successful weekend road closures.
Bridge 16 over Corporation Brook was replaced in less than 60 hours using accelerated bridge construction methods where bridge components are built offsite and erected onsite to reduce construction time and minimize traffic delays. "Schultz Construction has done it again! Two bridges in Rochester have been replaced in a month." VTrans Project Manager Jennifer Fitch commented. "It's a great accomplishment - replacing these bridges in record time. Accelerated Bridge Construction is changing the way we do business in Vermont by reducing mobility impacts and improving motorist and worker safety while decreasing overall project costs and impacts."
Route 73 will be open to all traffic at 6 AM on July 28th. Route 73 in the vicinity of Bridge 16 just west of the intersection of Corporation Road will be restricted to alternating one-way traffic throughout the workday controlled with flaggers. During night time hours traffic will be controlled with a traffic signal.
VT 73 Closure Notice
VT 73 in Rochester will be closed to all traffic beginning at 6 PM on Friday, July 25th to replace an existing bridge structure (Bridge 16 over Corporation Brook). The bridge will be replaced using accelerated bridge construction methods. VT 73 will reopen at 6 AM on Monday, July 28th.
In the event the road opening is delayed, a notice will be posted on the project website and emailed to those registered on the website. Please check for this notice on Sunday, July 27th. A delayed opening notification will be posted no later than 7 PM.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Rochester VT 73 Opens Ahead of Schedule
Rochester VT 73 opened today at 4 PM, 14 hours ahead of schedule. The bridge replacement project, one of VTrans first weekend replacement projects, was completed in record time.
VTrans Project Manager Jennifer Fitch commented, "We are excited to open the bridge ahead of schedule. This is an accomplishment! By using accelerated bridge construction methods we're able to replace a bridge in a weekend reducing construction time and disruption to the public. Early and continued coordination between VTrans personnel, the Contractor, Schultz Construction, and Designer, VHB, led to a well planned construction sequence. Schultz Construction impressed me with their preparation, meticulous planning, teamwork and dedication to the project."
Route 73 in the vicinity of Bridge 15 at the intersection of Bingo Road will be restricted to alternating one-way passenger vehicle traffic throughout the workday controlled with flaggers. During night time hours traffic will be controlled with a traffic signal. Route 73 will remain closed to truck traffic until Monday morning, July 21st.
Middlebury VT 125 Bridge 13 Opens Ahead of Schedule
VTrans completed construction of Middlebury VT 125 Bridge 13 over the Middlebury River in East Middlebury and announced the opening of the new bridge two days ahead of schedule.
VTrans Project Manager Jennifer Fitch commented, "We are excited to deliver this project to the local communities of East Middlebury, Ripton and Salisbury. After 30 years of planning, it was the communities support for innovative bridge construction and a 45 day road closure that finally brought the project to fruition, a solution that addressed the communities desire to minimize impacts to the recreational and archeological resources and preserve the character of the landscape. The project team exceeded all of my expectations through meticulous planning, effective teamwork and working long hours to replace this historical landmark. Everyone's dedication and perseverance is an inspiration and shows what can be accomplished when we all work together."
The Contractor, T. Buck Construction, constructed the bridge using Accelerated Bridge Construction methods, in which major bridge components are built off-site and installed using heavy equipment to reduce construction time and disruption to the public. VHB provided bridge design services.
Residents of East Middlebury and Ripton are planning to hold a celebration for the bridge opening on July 23rd. Details for the event will be available soon.
Route 125 at the Middlebury VT 125 Bridge 13 was scheduled to remain closed through June 2nd. Construction to replace Middlebury VT 125 Bridge 13 began on April 19th and traffic on Route 125 was rerouted onto a detour route during the bridge closure.
The Middlebury VT 125 Bridge 13 replaced a bridge constructed in 1924 which was in poor condition and considered substandard based on current design standards.
The Middlebury Bridge is the first of six bridges in the Rochester/Middlebury/Warren Bridges Project to be completed. Rochester VT 73 Bridge 19 and Warren VT 100 Bridge 166 are currently in construction. Rochester VT 73 Bridge 16, Rochester VT 73 Bridge 15 and Rochester VT 73 Bridge 13 will also be constructed this year.
Now Open to Traffic!
Middlebury VT 125 Bridge 13, Rochester VT 73 Bridge 16, Rochester VT 73 Bridge 15 and Warren VT 100 Bridge 166 are now open to traffic.
Work continues to complete construction and drivers are advised to use caution. See Weekly Construction Updates for expected travel conditions.
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About The Project
The Rochester/Middlebury/Warren Project will replace six bridges in Rochester, Middlebury and Warren during the 2014 construction season. These bridges were damaged by flooding related to Tropical Storm Irene or were scheduled to be replaced. During construction, many of these bridges will be closed to traffic and traffic will be rerouted onto a detour route. The new bridges will be constructed with accelerated and conventional construction methods to reduce the duration of construction and impacts to the public.
Project information and construction updates will be provided throughout the project on this website.
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