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Reed & Reed worked on and completed removal of the existing Station 46 Bridge. This included saw cutting the existing concrete deck into sections and removing the sections with cranes and/or hammering it into pieces with excavators. Similarly the existing structure steel (beams, columns, etc.) were unbolted and/or cut and removed by crane/excavators. Keller North America Inc., a subcontractor for Reed & Reed, continued and completed installation of the wick drains on US Route 1 to the north of Station 46 Br. The instrumentation for settlement monitoring during the soil preloading for the US Route 1 roadway was installed on the US Route 1 roadway near George Wright Rd. Simultaneously with the instrumentation installation, Reed & Reed began installing the soil preload material (gravel) on US Route 1. The Bath Water District water main on the southern end of the project (Taste of Maine end) was relocated to make room for the new Sta. 46 Br. abutment 1. Reed & Reed began installation of the sheet pile cofferdams for the new Station 46 Br. substructure units, specifically for pier 3 and abutment 2 on the northern end of the new bridge. These cofferdams allow the contractor to work in a safe area that can be pumped dry of water and allow controlled excavation. The Abutment 2 footing will be formed and cast on bedrock. The pier 3 footing will be supported on steel H-piles, which will begin to be installed in the coming days once the installation of the cofferdam at pier 3 is completed.
Reed & Reed completed all work on the temporary Station 46 bridge including completing all steel work, setting all of the precast concrete deck panels, installing concrete barriers, and paving the roadway approaches leading up to the bridge. With the temporary roadway 100% complete, all Route 1 traffic was shifted onto the temporary roadway on 9/6/22. The approaches to the temporary Pleasant Cove Br. were shimmed to address the settlement around the structure and smooth out the transition onto the temp. bridge. Reed & Reed’s subcontractor Keller North America Inc. continues to work on installation of wick drains, which are part of the soil preloading operation for the existing US Route 1 roadway areas north of Station 46 Bridge.
Reed & Reed continued construction on the temporary station 46 bridge. The pile bent pier installations around the railroad tracks were completed with the steel beams spanning over the tracks to be installed soon. Work on the southernmost abutment for the temporary bridge began and has continued during this timeframe as well. Steel beams and concrete deck panels continue to be installed, connecting the completed pier bents, as the temporary bridge construction continues south towards the Taste of Maine Restaurant end of the project.
Reed & Reed completed the construction of the temporary pleasant cove bridge and continued construction on the temporary Station 46 bridge. Reed & Reed fine graded and is working on paving the temporary detour roadway between the existing Station 46 bridge, across the temporary Pleasant Cove bridge, to where it connects back to US Route 1 on the north end of the project. US Route 1 north of Station 46 bridge will be preloaded with up to 11 feet of material to force the roadway to settle, due to soft clays, in advance of permanently raising the finished grade of US Route 1 by up to 5 feet. This process is done to remove as much settlement on US Route 1 as possible, due to the additional weight of the permanently raised roadway, before it is opened back up to traffic. The temporary detour, north of Station 46 bridge is anticipated to be opened the first week of June so that work on the preloading can commence.
Reed & Reed completed the pipe pile driving and setting the cap for the Pleasant Cove south abutments, activated the lights at the Nequasset intersection, closed the south intersection of the George Wright Road and Route 1, and continued bringing gravel up to grade connecting the approach road to the south abutment of the Pleasant cove temporary (over the George Wright Road). Construction of the temporary Station 46 bridge continues towards the railroad with structural steel and concrete deck panels being installed.
Reed & Reed completed installation of temporary utility pad areas for the temporary relocation of the utility poles/lines. Temporary utility poles were installed in preparation for the first phase of the temporary utility line move. Reed & Reed continued installing temporary piling for the substructures of the temporary bridges. Construction of the pre-cast concrete deck slabs for the temporary bridges was completed, with a total of 212 slabs constructed. The installation of these slabs has begun on the temporary Pleasant Cove bridge. Construction of the temporary roadway continues to move south towards Station 46 Bridge and the railroad tracks.
Reed & Reed continued to pre-cast deck slabs for the temporary bridges and continued construction on the north abutment approach for the temporary Pleasant Cove bridge. Construction on the temporary roadway included an extension of the 96” reinforced concrete pipe under US Route 1, and pile driving for the temporary pile bent pier #2. The temporary traffic signals at the intersection of US Route 1 and Nequasset Rd. were also installed and covered to prepare for their use when traffic is eventually shifted onto the temporary roadway.
1/31/22 – 2/11/22
Reed & Reed is working on base gravel installation for the temporary roadway that will carry US Route 1 traffic through the area during construction. The temporary roadway will be located to the east of existing US Route 1. They are also working on constructing temporary deck panels for the temporary bridges included within the temporary roadway. Reed & Reed mobilized a crane to the project site to begin driving pile for the substructure of the temporary Pleasant Cove Bridge located through the ponded area near George Wright Rd.