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ABC Construction Replaces CT Bridge in 2 Weekends

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

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Bridge replacement work in Stamford, Connecticut, which addressed issues with a structure that was at the end of its functional lifespan, was cut down to two weekends thanks to the use of Accelerated Bridge Construction methods.

Gov. Ned Lamont noted that customarily, the work would have taken two years, causing traffic congestion in one of the busiest areas of the state.

ABC Bridge Replacement

The ABC bridge replacement method utilizes prebuilt structure elements, which are then fit together during the construction process. One bridge was put into place the weekend of June 1, the second put into place the weekend of June 7.

Connecticut Department of Transportation

Bridge replacement work in Stamford, Connecticut, which addressed issues with a structure that was at the end of its functional lifespan, was cut down to two weekends thanks to the use of Accelerated Bridge Construction methods.

According to the Hartford Courant, Torrington-based O&G Industries served as the lead contractor on the project. The contract totals $15 million and was announced earlier this year, with work including the complete demolition of the two bridge spans that carried Route 1 over I-95. All funding came from the state.

To accommodate the work, traffic was detoured away from the area beginning late on the Friday nights of both weekends. Using ABC methods both helped reduce costs and expedite the process.

“We really must give applause to the DOT staff, construction crews and state and local law enforcement who were involved in this complex and innovative project,” said Lamont.

“Over the last two weekends, we saw the complete demolition of two bridge spans and the sliding in of new ones in what felt like the blink of an eye—and this all happened on the heaviest-traveled section of highway in our state, on a weekend in the summer. A project of this magnitude could have resulted in a nightmare on the highway, but everyone involved did an excellent job of communicating to drivers that they should avoid the area, and they were able to complete their work expeditiously. For that, I want to thank them.”

Previously, the Connecticut Department of Transportation used the ABC method to replace two I-84 bridges, located in Southington, and Route 8/25, in Bridgeport.

   

Tagged categories: Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC); Bridges; Government; Infrastructure; NA; North America; Program/Project Management; Project Management; Transportation

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