COLCHESTER BRIDGES 76N, 76S, 77N, AND 77S

IM 089-3(69)

REPLACE DECK AND RAILING ON BRIDGE NOS. 76 N&S AND 77 N&S ON I-89 IN COLCHESTER.

Project Location: Town of Colchester in Chittenden County on I-89 between exit 16 and exit 17. Bridges 76 North & South are located over Bay Road (TH-1) at mile marker 95.3. Bridges 77 North & South are located over Mallett’s Creek at mile marker 96.6 (see map on back).

Project Purpose: The Colchester Interstate 89 Bridges 76 (N&S) and Bridges 77 (N&S) project will replace the existing bridge decks, which are in fair to poor condition, with new precast deck panels. The current bridge and approach railings are substandard and will be replaced to meet today’s crash standards.

Background: The existing bridges are 3-span continuous rolled beam bridges constructed in 1964. Bridges 76 N&S are 157-feet in length and Bridges 77 N&S are 185-feet in length. All four bridges have beams and substructures that are in satisfactory condition and decks that are in fair to poor condition.

VTrans evaluated alternatives for rehabilitation or replacement of the bridges in an engineering study completed in December 2014. It assessed the proposed design criteria for the bridges, impacts on rare/threatened/ endangered species, archaeological resources, and wetland resources. Several alternatives were considered including no action, minor patching, deck replacements, superstructure replacements, and full replacements.

The engineering study recommended deck replacements with minor substructure repairs.

The decks will be replaced using Accelerated Bridge Construction methods. The new decks will be comprised of full width precast deck panels and placed in 8-foot length segments. Each bridge will have two 12-foot lanes with a 4-foot shoulder on each side. The existing beams may be painted as part of a separate future project.

I-89 will remain open throughout construction. Crossovers will be used on six weekends during the period of July 19, 2019 to October 7, 2019 when the bridge decks are being replaced. The actual weekends during this period will be weather dependent. There may be occasional weekday use of the crossovers to maintain two lane of traffic in the peak direction of traffic flow during peak hour voulmes.  

On two weekends when the decks of Bridge 76 northbound and southbound are demolished, Bay Road and the bike path will be closed. A local detour will be signed.

 

BENEFITS OF ACCELERATED

BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION

  • Less disruption for travelers

  • Reduced road user cost

  • Shorter timeline for design and construction

  • Safer for workers and traveling public

  • Increased strength and quality of bridge components

  • Eliminates need for temporary bridge construction

  • Reduced impacts to:

    » Environmental Resources

    » Utilities

    » Right-of-Way

     

    What’s the problem?

    BRIDGES #76 Northbound and Southbound

    •Heavy deterioration of the concrete deck.
    •The approach rail connections and bridge railing are substandard.
    •Bridges have leaky bridge joints.
    •Deck geometry is substandard.

    BRIDGES #77 Northbound and Southbound

    •Bridge 77S is structurally deficient with some heavy deterioration of the deck.
    •The approach rail connections and bridge railing are substandard.
    •Bridges have leaky bridge joints.
    •Deck geometry is substandard.
    •There are extensive wetland limits around the bridges.

     


Link to project sharepoint site: https://outside.vermont.gov/agency/vtrans/external/Projects/Structures/95a208


Closures:

  • I-89 will be closed at Bridge 76N over I 89 OVER TH NO 1 for 2 days between July 19, 2019 and October 7, 2019.
  • I-89 will be closed at Bridge 76S over I 89 OVER TH NO 1 for 2 days between July 19, 2019 and October 7, 2019.
  • I-89 will be closed at Bridge 77N over MALLETT'S CREEK for 2 days between July 19, 2019 and October 7, 2019.
  • I-89 will be closed at Bridge 77S over MALLETT'S CREEK for 2 days between July 19, 2019 and October 7, 2019.

Contact Information

Public Outreach Coordinator
Annabelle Dally
(802) 595-4399
annabelle.dally@wsp.com

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