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VTrans to Hold Meeting on Bradford, Vt., Bridge Replacement

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 5/16/2017 12:08:27 AM
Modified: 5/16/2017 12:08:32 AM

Bradford, Vt. — The Vermont Agency of Transportation has invited the public to a meeting to learn more about a $2.36 million bridge replacement project that will close a stretch of Route 25B for most of the summer.

During that time, workers from A.L. St. Onge, a Montgomery, Vt.-based contractor, will be replacing the two-lane bridge that spans the Waits River, about two-tenths of a mile east of the intersection of Route 25 and Route 25B, near the Vermont State Police barracks.

The construction, which has been planned for several years, is scheduled to run from June 16 to Sept. 8, during which time traffic will be diverted along a 1.1 mile detour along Route 25 and Route 5.

The bridge has been a safety concern for years; in 2013; local business owners told the Valley News that they were afraid to cross it with heavy equipment.

The 23-foot-wide bridge was built in 1933, and its concrete deck is in “poor condition,” according to a project summary released by the Agency.

“The existing spans are not continuous across the piers, which leads to leakage at the joints at the piers,” the summary reads. “The bridge railing consists of concrete posts, which used to be connected by steel cables. A steel beam rail has been installed in front of the concrete posts, many of which are no longer intact.”

When the project is completed in September, the new bridge will feature wider shoulders for pedestrians and cyclists.

The project is part of a wider effort to shore up Vermont's 4,000 bridges, and 80 percent of the funding comes from the federal government.

State inspection reports show that a steel plate was installed on the bridge in 2014 as a temporary repair; in 2015, an inspector noted that the bridge deck has “potential for failures,” and in 2016, the inspection report said that deterioration had advanced such that full depth holes could occur on the bridge at any time.

Agency of Transportation officials will be on hand to answer questions during the public meeting, which is scheduled for 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Bradford Academy Building on North Main Street.

Those with questions are invited to call Francine Perkins, project outreach coordinator, at 802-479-6994.

Matt Hongoltz-Hetling can be reached at mhonghet@vnews.com or 603-727-3211.




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