January 4, 2017

MDOT: Bath viaduct project ahead of schedule

Courtesy of Maine Department of Transportation
Courtesy of Maine Department of Transportation
This rendering shows at left the Route 1 viaduct that is being replaced by Woolwich-based general contractor Reed & Reed. The $13.75 million project is about three weeks ahead of schedule, MDOT reported.

Woolwich general contractor Reed & Reed is about three weeks ahead of schedule in its replacement of the Route 1 viaduct in Bath that connects the highway with the four-lane Sagadahoc Bridge crossing the Kennebec River.

Maine Department of Transportation, whose $13.75 million contract with Reed & Reed included penalty incentives and a monetary bonus to assure the work is completed on schedule, reported Tuesday that 15 of 19 pier columns have been completed, 10 of 19 pier caps are done and the first of 20 superstructure spans has been put in place.

"Favorable weather has contributed to the progress to date along with good project planning and construction techniques that include pre-fabrication of the pier caps," MDOT stated in its release.

Construction is proceeding with crane work taking place at night. The new viaduct is slated to open by Memorial Day.

The project will result in significant improvements to pedestrian sidewalks, crosswalks, signage and lighting, which MDOT stated is important due to the growing popularity of Bath's historic downtown.


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