About the Bridge
WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 25, 2017
For the week of September 25 ,the contractor will pave US 2 at night on Sunday, Sept 24 and Monday, Sept 25. During the week, work on building a foundation for the sidewalk will continue, with the contractor installing curbing.
In preparation for building abutments to support the temporary bridge that will be used in 2018, CCS Constructors has installed a crane pad next to the Winooski River. The contractor plans to begin driving piles for the bridge foundation next week.
The posted speed limit will remain 25 mph as the area remains a construction zone. Please watch for flaggers who will assist motorists traveling through the work area.
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.