Richmond gears up from bridge closure

The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) awarded the Richmond Bridge Street Bridge improvement project to T. Buck Construction of Auburn, Maine. T. Buck plans to begin work March 9 and will close the bridge to traffic that day.

Construction activities will include the rehabilitation of the existing steel truss bridge, as well as repair of existing abutments and approaches. Crews will work seven days per week during daytime hours, but will add night work as necessary to remain on schedule.

VTrans contract with T. Buck calls for the bridge to be reopened to traffic before July 4, 2009. The company, however, has an additional few weeks to finish work that can be completed while traffic flows.

Motorists should seek alternate routes while the bridge is closed.

Reconstruction of the Bridge Street Bridge will be paid for with money received through the federal stimulus bill, formally known as the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act. The bridge represents Vermont's first transportation project to be funded with economic stimulus money.

"It is our goal to put stimulus funds to work as quickly as possible," said VTrans Secretary David Dill. "This project is a prime example of how these funds will not only create jobs, but also will improve the condition of Vermont's bridges, culverts and roads. We look forward to putting additional stimulus money to use as soon as we can."

For work updates regarding the bridge project, please visit www.roadworkupdates.com.

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