Caption: Thanks to some nifty crane work and remote-controlled steering, the heaviest lifting for the new Quechee Bridge has been completed. Workers yesterday used towering cranes on both sides of the Ottauquechee River to move five concrete girders weighing about 42 tons each into the new abutments. Traffic was delayed while the 87-foot-long beams were maneuvered to the construction site on Main Street. The girders were hauled from Middlebury, Vt., on trailers with steerable rear axles, said Rich Menge, Hartford’s public works director. The axles are controlled remotely by someone following the trailer in another vehicle. The bridge, projected to cost $1.8 million, is being built by Windsor-based contractor Miller Construction. It will replace the one that was mangled last August by floodwaters from Tropical Storm Irene. The next steps will include welding the girders in place, Menge said. Water, sewer and utility lines will be placed in the bays between the beams and then a concrete deck poured over it. Periodic traffic delays may occur as work continues, but no long waits are anticipated, Menge said. The new bridge is expected to open next month.
Valley News - Jennifer Hauck
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