New bridge spans are being prepared for sliding into place over I-95.
Stamford, Conn. — Over two weekends this summer, the Connecticut Department of Transportation will use accelerated bridge construction to replace a two-span bridge that carries Route 1 (East Main Street) over I-95 near Stamford. The project involves removal of the current spans, which have outlasted their life cycles, followed by sliding in new spans in a period of only two weekends. The method will significantly speed up the installation of the replacement bridge, thus cutting by considerable amounts the resulting period of traffic congestion that traditional construction methods would have caused.
The project will be held on the weekends of June 1 and 8. Although motorists traveling through the area will be detoured, state officials want to get the word out well in advance so that motorists can experience the least amount of inconvenience.
“We have an aging infrastructure in our state that is in dire need of replacement – this project is a perfect example of what we need to do just to maintain our existing roads and bridges,” Governor Lamont said. “Every day, thousands of commuters use this highway to get to work so they can support their families and maintain a decent quality of life – deciding whether to keep this critical highway in a state of good repair is simply not up for debate. For the sake of our businesses and the sake of our jobs, we must provide Connecticut with a modernized transportation system that works, which requires a sustainable, recurring funding source.”
“We are using an innovative construction method that will limit detours to two weekends,” Deputy Commissioner Barry said. “If traditional construction methods were used on this project, motorists would face delays for two years. It’s exciting that our department and state are using modern and cost-effective construction methods to rebuild infrastructure while minimizing overall impacts to motorists and business.”
The project is being led by O&G Industries, based in Torrington.
For additional information and updates on the project, visit www.i95exit9.com.