Construction set to begin on bridge replacement
By Annie Gentile - ReminderNews
Union - posted Tue., Mar. 19, 2013
The Connecticut Department of Transportation is set to begin work on the replacement of the bridge on Route 190 that carries traffic over I-84 at Exit 73 in Union. The project was awarded last November to Northern Construction Services, LLC, at a cost of $2,988,000.
Although construction was originally slated to begin on March 11, inclement weather has slowed the start of the project.
“The weather has been playing a bit of Mickey Mouse with us,” said Dilraj Josen, project engineer with the Department of Transportation. “That’s okay, though. We have ample time to complete this job.”
Josen said the project was designed and bid allowing for as many as 477 days total - almost two years worth of work days - so poor weather is not a major concern. When the work does commence, he said that temporary lights and barriers will first be installed, to create one lane of alternating traffic on Route 190.
“The construction will be done in two stages,” said Josen. After the lights and barriers are installed, the demolition of the bridge deck and parapet, and removal of steel beams will follow. The project will involve rebuilding the piers and abutments, installing new bearings, pouring new concrete and building new parapets and slabs. The last step will be the paving. Once one side of the bridge is completed, the process will be repeated on the other side. The new construction will result in raising the bridge bearing seats to allow for more clearance over I-84. It will also include the installation of new signs along I-84 eastbound and westbound, as well as a new safety fence and guide rail.
Josen said the bridge is being replaced because it was low, and after so many years, it is necessary to redo a bridge and replace the steel.
According to a Connecticut DOT news release dated March 7, various lanes will be closed during the day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and at overnight from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., Monday through Friday. Lane closures can also be expected during both daytime and nighttime hours during the weekend.