Our contractor, Blow & Cote, Inc., has given notice that they will begin the bridge repair project on Wednesday, July 20, 2016. The project involves the removal of the bituminous concrete deck surface, repairs as needed of the concrete bridge deck and approach slabs, replacement of the water-proof membrane, concrete sidewalk reconstruction, bituminous concrete paving, and other miscellaneous work.
The project will be completed in two phases to undertake the work along half the width of the bridge per phase to allow use of the other half of the bridge in alternating north/south directions. Each phase will require a detour because of the restrictive channelizing devices within the nearby Spring and Main Roundabout (“Keck Circle”).
Phase 1 of the project will involve a Route 12 north detour which will begin at the Main Street (Route 12) and School Street intersection where northbound traffic will be directed to the Elm Street detour route. During this phase, repairs of the upstream half of the bridge will take place. Southbound or inbound traffic will be permitted to cross the bridge and proceed into town as normal. This work will take approximately three weeks to complete.
Phase 2 of the project will be the reverse of Phase 1, with work taking place on the downstream half of the bridge and inbound, Route 12 south traffic detoured to Elm Street and back to Main Street (Route 12) via School Street. Outbound, Route 12 northbound traffic will be permitted to cross the bridge and proceed out of town to the “Meadow” neighborhood and points northerly as normal. This work will take approximately three weeks to complete.
Final paving of the bridge may require a one-day full closure of the bridge. An additional notice will be released at that time.
Notice is also given that public parking on the side of School Street between Main Street and Elm Street will be partially restricted to ensure adequate turning radius for tractor-trailer trucks following the Route 12 detour route. These parking restrictions will be in place for the duration of the project.
The final completion date of the project is Friday, August 26th.
This project is being funded by the City of Montpelier tax payers through the Capital Improvement Program with supplemental funding of about 66% from the Vermont Agency of Transportation’s Town Highway Structures Grant program.