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8/23/2021
  • Cianbro continued installing deck forms for superstructures and placing shoring for the integral backwall formwork.
  • Cianbro and subcontractor Marguerite continued tying rebar and forming at the abutments.
  • Subcontractor Shaw Brothers continued receiving and placing geofoam lightweight fill blocks at Abutment 1.
  • Shaw Brothers also began box cutting Veranda Street on the East end.
  • Geoform Blocks Box Cut
  • Cianbro continued forming for bridge deck and began placing shoring for backwall formwork.
  • Cianbro and subcontractor Marguerite continued tying rebar and forming Abutment 2 lower West breastwall, wingwall and lower East wingwall, and Abutment 1 upper East wingwall and upper breastwall.
  • Subcontractor Shaw Brothers continued receiving geofoam lightweight fill blocks and installing geofoam blocks.
  • Shaw Brothers also continued night work to install drainage.
7/28/2021
  • Cianbro continued forming for bridge deck.
  • Cianbro and subcontractor Marguerite continued tying rebar and forming Abutment 2 lower West breastwall and Abutment 1 upper East breastwall.
  • Concrete placement for Abutment 1 West wingwall and Abutment 2 East footing.
  • Subcontractor Shaw Brothers began clearing and construction of temporary roadway for I-295 shoulder widening.
  • Shaw Brothers also continued receiving geofoam lightweight fill blocks and installed the leveling sand for Abutment 1 geofoam installation.
7/21/2021
  • Cianbro continued working on structural steel and began forming for bridge deck.
  • Cianbro and subcontractor Marguerite continued tying rebar and forming Abutment 2 footing, Abutment 2 breastwall, and Abutment 1 West wingwall.
  • Concrete placement for Abutment 1 East wingwall and breastwall.
  • Subcontractor Shaw Brothers continued working on drainage items and excavating for geofoam lightweight fill installation.
  • Shaw Brothers received first two truckloads of geofoam.
7/15/2021
  • Cianbro continued driving H-Pile for Abutment 2 east wingwall and completed PDA test #4.
  • Cianbro and subcontractor Marguerite continued tying rebar and forming Abutment 2 footing.
  • Concrete placement for Abutment 1 Southbound breastwall.
  • Subcontractor Shaw Brothers continued working on drainage items.
7/2/2021
  • Cianbro began driving H-Pile for Abutment 2 east wingwall.
  • Cianbro continued erecting structural steel on the temporary abutment.
  • Cianbro and subcontractor Marguerite began tying rebar and forming Abutment 2 footing.
  • First concrete placement for Abutment 1 Northbound breastwall.
  • Subcontractor Shaw Brothers continued working on drainage items and backfilling around Abutment 1 footing.
6/28/2021
  • Cianbro completed driving H-Pile for Abutment 2 west wingwall and PDA test #3.
  • They completed forming Abutment 1 west footing and completed concrete placement.
  • Cianbro began taking delivery and erecting structural steel on the temporary abutment.
  • Subcontractor Marguerite began tying rebar for the next Abutment 1 concrete placement.
  • Subcontractor Shaw Brothers resumed working on drainage items, and chlorinated/pressure tested the new permanent water line.
6/14/2021

Portland – Veranda St. Bridge (WIN #21745.00)

6/7/2021

Portland – Veranda St. Bridge (WIN #21745.00)

  • Cianbro began driving temporary H-Pile for the temporary abutment and completed forming Abutment 1 footing for concrete placement.
  • Cianbro began forming and installing rebar for abutment #1 footing.
  • Subcontractor Shaw Brothers completed Phase II of 12" water main, and continued installation of residential service lines with Portland Water District.
  • Maine Drilling and Blasting continued production micropiles and completed 2nd proof load test.
  • Utilities continued transferring aerial/underground utility lines.
6/1/2021

Portland – Veranda St. Bridge (WIN #21745.00)

5/12/2021

Portland – Veranda St. Bridge (WIN #21745.00)

  • Cianbro mobilized in their crane.
  • Subcontractor Shaw Brother's continued abutment excavation and underdrain and catch basin installation.
  • Maine Drilling and Blasting began production micropiles.
  • Northline continued working on transferring aerial utility lines.

News Releases

4/25/2022: Veranda Plan: Route 1/Veranda Street Is Back Open

MaineDOT

News Release for April 25, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


PORTLAND - The Maine Department of Transportation reopened Route 1/Veranda Street under the Veranda Street Bridge in Portland at 2:00 p.m. today. The road had been closed for a full week to accommodate the rapid replacement of the Veranda Street Bridge on I-295 between Exits 9 and 10. The interstate was closed to traffic at 7:00 p.m. on Friday and reopened at 7:00 a.m. today four hours ahead of schedule.

MaineDOT used an innovative Accelerate Bridge Construction (ABC) technique designed to reduce long-term traffic disruptions. Conventional bridge construction techniques (involving the construction of a temporary bridge) would have likely created traffic congestion for three or four years. This ABC method compressed significant traffic impacts to a period of 60 hours.

"The safe and successful completion of this part of the Veranda Street Bridge replacement project is the result of years of planning, months of construction, and 60 hours of intense on-site work to demolish the old bridge and slide the new spans into place," said MaineDOT Commissioner Bruce Van Note. "We are proud of the work our MaineDOT team did with our contracting partners from Cianbro, Shaw Brothers, HNTB, and others. We are also grateful for the support from our customers the members of the traveling public. What we all accomplished together this weekend was not only an amazing feat of engineering but also a remarkable example of great teamwork."

This project also involves reconfiguring Route 1/Veranda Street under the interstate bridge. Modern signalized intersections at the end of the Exit 9 ramps will improve safety for all users. Once complete, the reconfigured Veranda Street will consist of two 11-foot-wide vehicle travel lanes, two five-foot-wide bicycle lanes, a five-foot-wide sidewalk on the north side of the roadway, and a multi-use path on the south side that extends to the Martin's Point Bridge. This project will convert nearly 1.5 acres of roadway and median into green space.

More work on this project will continue in the coming months. This work will involve some overnight lane closures. MaineDOT is also planning another paving operation in October. Parts of the interstate roadway on either side of the new bridge will likely settle as much as one inch throughout the next several months. This is normal and expected. All work is scheduled to be finished by the end of 2022.

HNTB Corporation of South Portland is the design firm for this project. Cianbro of Pittsfield is the prime contractor. Shaw Brothers Construction of Gorham performed the earthwork and bridge demolition.

The construction contract for this project is approximately $18.1 million. The total project cost (including engineering and design work) is approximately $20.8 million.

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4/25/2022: Veranda Plan: I-295 Is Back Open

MaineDOT

News Release for April 25, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


PORTLAND - The Maine Department of Transportation opened the new Veranda Street Bridge to traffic shortly before 7:00 a.m. today four hours ahead of schedule. This bridge carries I-295 over Route 1/Veranda Street (between Exits 9 and 10) in Portland. It is one of the most heavily travelled corridors in the State of Maine. The new bridge is designed to last 100 years.

This part of I-295 had been closed since Friday evening to accommodate the replacement of the old Veranda Street Bridge, which was 61 years old and structurally deficient. MaineDOT used an innovative Accelerate Bridge Construction (ABC) technique designed to reduce long-term traffic disruptions. Conventional bridge construction techniques would have involved the construction of a temporary bridge and would have likely created traffic congestion for three or four years. This ABC method compressed significant traffic impacts to a period of 60 hours.

Demolition of the old bridge began as soon as I-295 closed at 7:00 p.m. on Friday. The last beams from the old bridge were removed late Saturday morning. Self-Propelled Modular Transporters (SPMTs) began moving the new southbound bridge span into place late Saturday afternoon. The SPMTs moved the new northbound span into place shortly after midnight on Sunday. This was the first time MaineDOT used SPMTs.

At this time of year, approximately 55,000 vehicles use this part of the interstate on an average day. This ABC method required those motorists to either avoid the area or use detour routes this past weekend. Detours routes primarily relied on the Maine Turnpike and Route 1 in Falmouth. No significant traffic delays were reported during the weekend closure period.

Route 1/Veranda Street (under I-295) has been closed to traffic since 2:00 p.m. on Monday, April 18th and is schedule to reopen at 2:00 p.m. today.

The old roadway geometry underneath the interstate bridge was confusing and contributed to a high incidence of crashes at the intersection of Veranda Street and the I-295 southbound on-ramp. Part of this project involves a reconfiguration of that roadway. Modern signalized intersections at the end of the Exit 9 ramps will improve safety for all users. Once complete, the reconfigured Veranda Street will consist of two 11-foot-wide vehicle travel lanes, two five-foot-wide bicycle lanes, a five-foot-wide sidewalk on the north side of the roadway, and a multi-use path on the south side that extends to the Martin's Point Bridge. This project will convert nearly 1.5 acres of roadway and median into green space.

Planning for the Veranda Street Bridge replacement project began in 2016. Construction began in March 2021. Crews built the foundations for the new structure beneath the existing bridge while also building two new bridge decks on the east side of the interstate. Each of these new bridge decks weighs approximately 800,000 pounds and was set atop the new foundations during the interstate closure. This project also involved the use of geofoam blocks as fill in the bridge embankments. This material is light enough that it will not compress the soft marine clay in the area.

More work on this project will continue in the coming months. This work will involve some overnight lane closures. MaineDOT is also planning another paving operation in October. Parts of the interstate roadway on either side of the new bridge will likely settle as much as one inch throughout the next several months. This is normal and expected. All work is scheduled to be finished by the end of 2022.

The construction contract for this project is approximately $18.1 million. The total project cost (including engineering and design work) is approximately $20.8 million.

HNTB Corporation of South Portland is the design firm for this project. Cianbro of Pittsfield is the prime contractor. Shaw Brothers Construction of Gorham performed the earthwork and bridge demolition.

MaineDOT is extremely grateful to everyone who helped make this weekend a success. Department staff and our contracting partners all worked as one team to get this important part of the project done safely and ahead of schedule. The City of Portland, the Town of Falmouth, and the Maine Turnpike Authority were key players in helping MaineDOT with detour routes and communication. The team at Burgess Advertising & Marketing in Falmouth helped us spread our message.

Most importantly, MaineDOT wants to thank our customers the members of the traveling public who heeded the warnings to avoid the area, used detour routes, and planned for delays during the interstate closure weekend. We sincerely appreciate your continued patience and understanding as we do this important work. Thank you.

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4/21/2022: Veranda Plan: I-295 Closure This Weekend

MaineDOT

News Release for April 21, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


PORTLAND - The Maine Department of Transportation will be closing I-295 over Route 1/Veranda Street (between Exits 9 and 10) in Portland this weekend to accommodate the replacement of the Veranda Street Bridge. This project uses an innovative construction technique designed to reduce long-term traffic impacts.

The interstate is scheduled to close at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 22nd and remain closed until 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 25th. During this 64-hour-long period, crews will rapidly demolish the existing bridge before moving the new bridge decks into place using Self-Propelled Modular Transporters (SPMTs). This project marks the first time MaineDOT is using SPMTs.

This Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) technique will compress significant traffic impacts to a period of four days. Conventional bridge construction techniques were expected to create traffic congestion for four years.

Route 1/Veranda Street (under I-295) has been closed to traffic since 2:00 p.m. on Monday, April 18th to allow crews to prepare the site for the weekend bridge move. The roadway under the interstate is scheduled to reopen at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, April 25th.

Motorists are strongly encouraged to avoid traveling in this area during the closure period. Those who must travel should avoid I-295 and Route 1/Veranda Street entirely by taking I-95, the Maine Turnpike, and the Falmouth Spur. People who travel in the area should expect heavy congestion along the detour routes. Detour maps are available on VerandaPlan.org. That site also includes live camera feeds of the project site.

First constructed in 1961, the Veranda Street Bridge has endured decades of heavy use. It is part of one of the busiest travel corridors in Maine. At this time of year, approximately 55,000 vehicles use this bridge on an average day. In the summertime, average daily traffic volume increases to more than 75,000 vehicles. A 2017 inspection showed the bridge to be structurally deficient. Route 1/Veranda Street (under I-295) carries more than 15,000 vehicles a day. The roadway geometry underneath the interstate bridge was confusing and contributed to a high incidence of crashes at the intersection of Veranda Street and the I-295 southbound on-ramp.

Planning for the Veranda Street Bridge replacement project began in 2016. Construction began in March 2021. Since then, crews have built the foundations for the new structure beneath the existing bridge while also building two new bridge decks on the east side of the interstate. Each of these new bridge decks weighs approximately 800,000 pounds and will be set atop the new foundations during the interstate closure. This project also involves the use of geofoam blocks as fill in the bridge embankments. This material is light enough that it will not compress the soft marine clay in the area.

This project will improve safety and mobility in the area. The new Veranda Street Bridge is designed to last 100 years. This project also involves a reconfiguration of the roadway beneath the interstate. Modern signalized intersections at the end of the Exit 9 ramps will improve safety for all users. Once complete, the reconfigured Veranda Street will consist of two 11-foot-wide vehicle travel lanes, two five-foot-wide bicycle lanes, a five-foot-wide sidewalk on the north side of the roadway, and a multi-use path on the south side that extends to the Martin's Point Bridge. Once complete, the reconfigured Veranda Street roadway will convert nearly 1.5 acres of roadway and median into green space.

HNTB Corporation of South Portland is the design firm for this project. Cianbro of Pittsfield is the prime contractor. Shaw Brothers Construction of Gorham is doing the earthwork and bridge demolition.

The construction contract for this project is approximately $18.1 million. The total project cost (including engineering and design work) is approximately $20.8 million.

All work is scheduled to be finished by the end of 2022.

MaineDOT offers its sincere thanks to the residents of Portland and Falmouth as well as the members of the traveling public at large for their continued patience and understanding as we work to complete this important project.


Members of the news media are welcome to cover this weekend's interstate closure and bridge move but will not be permitted on the construction site. We ask that drones not fly directly over the work area.

During the closure weekend, press parking will be available at RE/MAX By the Bay office located at 281 Veranda Street. Please only use this parking lot between 5:00 p.m. on Friday and 8:00 a.m. on Monday.

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4/14/2022: Veranda Plan: Route 1/Veranda Street Will Close Under I-295 on Monday for One Week

MaineDOT

News Release for April 14, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


PORTLAND - The Maine Department of Transportation will be closing Route 1/Veranda Street under I-295 in Portland on Monday, April 18th at 2:00 p.m. The road will remain closed for one week to accommodate bridge replacement work on I-295. Route 1/Veranda Street is scheduled to reopen on Monday, April 25th at 2:00 p.m.

The Route 1/Veranda Street closure is part of the project that will involve the full closure of I-295 between Exits 9 and 10. That interstate closure is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 22nd to 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 25th. During the weekend interstate closure, crews will rapidly demolish the old bridge and move the new bridge into place using Self-propelled Modular Transporters (SPMTs).

This project is using Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC). This technique will replace the aging interstate bridge and limit interstate traffic disruptions to only a few days compared to three or four years using conventional bridge replacement methods. We know this period will be extremely disruptive to residents and travelers, and we thank them for their patience and understanding while we complete this important work.

Members of the traveling public should avoid this area during this period if possible especially during the interstate closure weekend. Those who must travel during the closure should expect major delays. Detour maps are available on www.verandaplan.org. That site also has a live camera feed of the project. This will be the best view of the work. We are asking the public not to visit the site during the construction process.

Beginning the week of May 2nd, there will be overnight lane and ramp closures while our crews and contracting partners complete this project.

NOTE TO MEDIA: MaineDOT Director of Communications Paul Merrill will be available near the project site on Monday afternoon. Call or text 207-215-9297 to schedule an interview. Thank you for your help in spreading this important message.

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2/11/2022: Veranda Plan: I-295 Closure Scheduled for April

MaineDOT

News Release for February 11, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


PORTLAND - The Maine Department of Transportation will be closing I-295 over Veranda Street in Portland on the fourth weekend in April to accommodate the replacement of an aging interstate bridge. MaineDOT's "Veranda Plan" involves a full closure of the highway around Exit 9 from 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 22nd to 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 25th. Additionally, Route 1/Veranda Street (under the bridge) will be closed for a full week: from 2:00 p.m. on Monday, April 18th to 2:00 p.m. on Monday, April 25th.

These closures had originally been planned for October 2021 but had to be postponed because of challenges involving the lightweight geofoam fill being used on the project. A national resin shortage had slowed the process of obtaining replacement geofoam blocks. The new closure dates are not creating additional traffic impacts - just changing the timing.

Site work was halted for the winter months, but crews will return to the job site in late February and early March.

The I-295 and Route 1/Veranda Street closures are expected to increase traffic on the Maine Turnpike and on local roads in Portland and Falmouth. MaineDOT is asking members of the public to avoid this area during the interstate closure weekend. Drivers who must travel on I-295 through Portland or on Route 1/Veranda Street in Portland and Falmouth are encouraged to make their own "Veranda Plan." Detour routes are available by visiting www.verandaplan.org. That site also includes live video feeds of the construction site, an FAQ section, and a link to pre-register for a yet-to-be-scheduled live virtual meeting that will include project updates and a question-and-answer period.

The Veranda Street Bridge is 60 years old and needs to be replaced. This project also involves a reconfiguration of Route 1/Veranda Street to improve mobility and safety. Crews are constructing the new bridge on the east side of the existing bridge and a Self-Propelled Modular Transporter (SPMT) will be used to move the new structure into place during the 64-hour interstate closure. SPMTs are used to transport massive objects that can't be moved by trucks. Most notably, NASA uses SPMTs to move space shuttle components. This is the first time MaineDOT is using an SPMT. This accelerated bridge construction process will greatly reduce the long-term traffic impacts that would have occurred if conventional construction had been used. The contract for construction of this project, awarded to Cianbro in November 2020, is $18.1 million. The total project cost (including engineering, inspection, and other costs) is approximately $20.8 million. Construction of the project started in March 2020. MaineDOT aims to finish this project by the end of 2022.

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10/27/2021: Veranda Plan: I-295 Weekend Closure Will Happen in the Spring

MaineDOT

News Release for October 27, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


PORTLAND - The planned full closure of I-295 over Veranda Street in Portland to accommodate the rapid replacement of an aging interstate bridge will happen in the spring. The Maine Department of Transportation is discussing scheduling options with design consultants and construction contractors. The new closure dates will likely be in April.

The full closure of the interstate and Veranda Street (under the bridge) had originally been scheduled for this month but had to be postponed. Challenges involving the lightweight geofoam fill being used on this project required more time to make sure the work met safety requirements. A national resin shortage has been slowing the process of obtaining replacement geofoam blocks for the project.

Changing the closure weekend will not create additional traffic impacts: the closure is just moving to a different weekend. All lanes of both I-295 and Route 1/Veranda Street will remain open and passable throughout the winter months. The project is still on track to be completed by the end of 2022.

Project information, detour routes, and updates are available by visiting www.verandaplan.org.

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10/6/2021: Veranda Plan: I-295 Weekend Closure Postponed

MaineDOT

News Release for October 6, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


PORTLAND - The Maine Department of Transportation is postponing the planned closure of I-295 over Veranda Street in Portland. Following extensive conversations with design consultants and construction contractors, MaineDOT engineers decided today that the three-day closure of I-295 will need to be delayed. The closure of the interstate and Veranda Street (under the bridge) are required to replace the aging Veranda Street Bridge with the new bridge currently being built next to the interstate.

The impact to the public will be the same: it will just happen on a different weekend. At this point, we do not have a new date for the closure weekend. We expect to be able to schedule and announce a new date soon. The project is still on track to be completed by the end of 2022.

"Challenges involving the lightweight geofoam fill being used on this project require more time to make sure the work meets our safety requirements," said MaineDOT Chief Engineer Joyce Taylor. "A national resin shortage is slowing our ability to obtain the additional material we'll need in order to get the site ready for the accelerated bridge construction process."

MaineDOT had originally planned to close the interstate between October 22nd and 25th. The department had planned to close Route 1/Veranda Street (under the bridge) between October 18th and 25th.

Changing the closure weekend will not create additional traffic impacts. All lanes of both I-295 and Route 1/Veranda Street will remain open and passable.

The department chose accelerated bridge construction for this project to greatly reduce the long-term traffic impacts that would have occurred if conventional construction had been used.

Project information, detour routes, and updates are available by visiting www.verandaplan.org.


MaineDOT Chief Engineer Joyce Taylor will be available on site early this afternoon. Please contact Paul Merrill to arrange interviews.

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9/22/2021: Veranda Plan: I-295 Closure One Month Away

MaineDOT

News Release for September 22, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


PORTLAND - One month from today, the Maine Department of Transportation will be closing I-295 over Veranda Street in Portland for a full weekend to accommodate the replacement of an aging interstate bridge. MaineDOT's "Veranda Plan" a full closure of the highway around Exit 9 will run from 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 22nd to 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 25th. Additionally, Route 1/Veranda Street (under the bridge) will be closed for a full week: from 2:00 p.m. on Monday, October 18th to 2:00 p.m. on Monday, October 25th.

This work is expected to increase traffic on the Maine Turnpike and on local roads in Portland and Falmouth. MaineDOT is asking members of the public to avoid this area during the interstate closure weekend. Drivers who must travel on I-295 through Portland or on Route 1/Veranda Street in Portland and Falmouth are encouraged to make their own "Veranda Plan." Detour routes are available by visiting www.verandaplan.org. That site also includes live video feeds of the construction site, an FAQ section, and a link to pre-register for a live virtual meeting on October 5th that will include project updates and a question and answer period.

The Veranda Street Bridge is 60 years old and needs to be replaced. This project also involves a reconfiguration of Route 1/Veranda Street to improve mobility and safety. Crews are constructing the new bridge on the east side of the existing bridge and then a Self-Propelled Modular Transporter (SPMT) will be used to move the new structure into place during the 64-hour interstate closure. SPMTs are used to transport massive objects that can't be moved by trucks. Most notably, NASA uses SPMTs to move space shuttle components. This is the first time MaineDOT is using an SPMT. This accelerated bridge construction process will greatly reduce the long-term traffic impacts that would have occurred if conventional construction had been used.

The contract for construction of this project, awarded to Cianbro in November of 2020, is $18.1 million. The total project cost (including engineering, inspection, and other costs) is approximately $20.8 million. Construction of the project started in March and the weekend for the interstate closure was selected in May. MaineDOT aims to have the project finished by the end of 2022.

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5/3/2021: October Weekend Selected for Full Closure of I-295

MaineDOT

News Release for May 3, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


PORTLAND - The Maine Department of Transportation will be closing I-295 over Veranda Street in Portland from 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 22nd to 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 25th. Veranda Street (under the bridge) will be closed from 2:00 p.m. on Monday, October 18th to 2:00 p.m. on Monday, October 25th. These closures are being done to accommodate the replacement of the Veranda Street Bridge.

The Veranda Street Bridge is 60 years old and needs to be replaced. This project also involves a reconfiguration of the roadways beneath the bridge to improve mobility and safety. Crews will construct the new bridge on the east side of the existing bridge and then a Self-Propelled Modular Transporter (SPMT) will be used to slide the new structure into place during the 60-hour interstate closure. This is the first time an SPMT is being used in the State of Maine. This accelerated bridge construction process will greatly reduce the length of time needed for this project. That will save money and reduce traffic impacts. The contractor on this project, Cianbro, had until May 1st to select closure dates.

MaineDOT will be conducting significant public outreach efforts in the coming months about these closures and the detours that will be available to drivers. We are also working to have live video feeds of the accelerated bridge construction available during the closure weekend. We are discouraging people from visiting the site as it is an active construction site.

The contract for construction of this project is $18.1 million. The total project cost (including engineering and design work) is approximately $20.8 million. On-site work started in March. We aim to have the project finished by the end of 2022.

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3/5/2021: Veranda Street (I-295) Bridge Replacement Construction Beginning in Portland

MaineDOT

News Release for March 5, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


PORTLAND - The Maine Department of Transportation is beginning construction work on the replacement of the Veranda Street Bridge in Portland. The bridge carries I-295 over Veranda Street. The structure is 60 years old and needs to be replaced. This project also involves a reconfiguration of the roadways beneath the bridge to improve mobility and safety.

Crews will begin mobilizing equipment and doing utility work during the week of March 8th. There will be minimal traffic impacts on Veranda Street and no traffic impacts on the interstate at this time.

This project will eventually involve a 60-hour closure of I-295 in order to facilitate accelerated bridge construction. Crews will construct the new bridge on the east side of the existing bridge and then slide the new structure into place during the 60-hour closure. The contractor on this project, Cianbro, has until May 1st to select whether the weekend for this full interstate closure will be in October of this year or April of 2022. In addition to the closure of I-295, Veranda Street will be closed for up to seven days during the time of the bridge slide. MaineDOT will be conducting significant public outreach efforts in the coming months about these closures and the detours that will be available to drivers.

The contract for construction is $18.1 million. The total project cost (including engineering and design work) is approximately $20.8 million. We aim to have this project completed by the end of 2022.

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