Delays Likely Due to Quechee Bridge Work

— Hartford officials are warning residents of temporary road closures next week as part of the reconstruction of the Quechee Bridge, which was destroyed during Tropical Storm Irene.

Miller Construction, the contractor building the replacement bridge, will be moving concrete girders into place between Tuesday and Thursday.

Each girder weighs more than 85,000 pounds and is being transported on trailers with steerable rear axles, the town said in a news release.

The girders will be driven along Route 4 from Rutland and will then be taken along Dewey’s Mills Road onto Quechee Main Street. Because of the width of the girders and trailers, Dewey’s Mills Road will be closed while each girder is transported, and flaggers will be on hand to direct traffic. The beams will be stored at the job site and on Village Green Circle Road, the town said.

Officials said the beams will be put in place on new abutments by cranes on each side of the river. The process is expected to take place between Tuesday and Thursday, and traffic on Quechee Main Street may be delayed for up to 30 minutes while the girders are being placed. Officials said an alternate route will be available should delays exceed 30 minutes, as well as for emergency vehicles.

For further information, contact Hartford Public Works at 802-295-3622.