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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

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

MaineDOT

News Release for May 3, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 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 7:00 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, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 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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