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Walsh Construction Company of La Porte, Ind., the project contractor, is teaming up with design firms Burgess & Niple Engineers of Columbus, Ohio, and Buckland and Taylor Ltd. of North Vancouver, BC, to build the new bridge.
Drivers are now using the new 2,427-foot-long truss in its temporary location, immediately downstream from where the old bridge once stood. With the explosive demolition of the old bridge complete, work is underway to complete renovation and strengthening of the original piers. Pier “caps” are being added to the original piers to accommodate the new wider structure. The final step comes in the fall of 2013 when Walsh Construction Company slides the new bridge from the temporary piers onto the existing piers. The end result is that the new bridge will sit entirely within the footprint of the existing bridge.
The “design-build” method is used to save time by overlapping the design phase and construction phase of a project. While the process moves at a faster pace, it does not compromise quality and safety. Inspectors monitor every step of construction.
Project Schedule – What’s Next?
The construction schedule is subject to change.