The bridges are part of ConnDOT’s Bridge Program which evaluates has scheduled this rehabilitation work based on a continuous assessment of the remaining useful life of bridges and their need to be replaced or rehabilitated. As part of this program ConnDOT has determined that the bridges involved are reaching the end of their useful life and warrant rehabilitation. This rehabilitation is necessary at this time to avoid excessive deterioration of the structure and to ensure a long and reliable life for the bridges in the future. The new structure will have modern weathering steel beams that require no paint or maintenance over their anticipated 75 year lifespan.
WHEN WILL CONSTRUCTION START?
Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2015.
WHAT IS DESIGN-BUILD?
Design-Build is an alternative project delivery method where the owner selects a design and build team to completed the design and construction of the project. This is a good method when time is of the essence since the design and construction phases can be overlapped. This method also allows the partners to come up with new ideas for how to get the job done more efficiently by using the contractor’s strengths.
WILL THERE BE DETOURS?
The goal of the project is to “get in and get out” as fast as possible. During two short term construction windows, one side of Route 8/25 will be closed for approximately two weeks. Traffic will be detours across the median to the opposite side of the highway. The opposing traffic will be separated by concrete barriers for safety. There will be minor closures of Lindley Street and Capitol Avenue during these periods to allow for the rapid construction. Minor local road detours will be used to accommodate local traffic.