Route 105 #84 Bridge

Brighton, VT

Precast Concrete NEXT Beams Speed Construction After Hurricane’s Rampage
Precast concrete NEXT beams were used to speed construction on the #84 Bridge on Route 105 in Brighton, Vermont, after Hurricane Irene’s rampage in August 2011 caused the existing structure to fail. With no viable detours, the bridge was scheduled to be closed for only 21 days while the new bridge, complete with precast concrete abutments, wing walls and approach slabs, was constructed. The contractor received a bonus for completing the construction three days early.

“This was a rural area, so the traffic counts weren’t high, but there were few options for detours,” says Kristin Higgins, project manager for the Accelerated Bridge Program at the Vermont Agency of Transportation. “We wanted to create a prefab bridge that could be lifted into place quickly to ensure we minimized disruptions to traffic.”

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Projects details

  • PrecasterJ.P. Carrara & Sons, Inc., Middlebury, VT

  • Owner/DesignerVermont Agency of Transportation, Montpelier, VT

  • ContractorJ.A. MacDonald, Lyndon Center, VT

Key Project Attributes

  • Four 8-foot-wide precast concrete NEXT beams

  • Two-piece abutments, wing walls and approach slabs

  • Bridge Resources