Berlin bridge project should be finished in September

Published on Thursday, 13 July 2017 20:09
Written by Charles Paullin

Staff Writer

BERLIN - One bridge project is set to finish in a couple of months as another will likely be delayed.

The Farmington Avenue Bridge project, which began last summer with an Urban Systems Grant to update the structure, is expected to finish around mid to late September, interim Town Manager Jack Healy said.

The project, which began in June of last year, was delayed after learning that soil was contaminated from a gas station on the property, and phone lines needed to be moved.

The contract for the project, with Mastrobattisto Inc. of Bristol, was recently given an increase in value not to exceed $3 million to cover the change orders from the delays at a recent Town Council meeting, in addition to $600,000 in engineering and design costs, James Horbal, deputy director of Public Works, said.

Eighty percent of the project is to be funded federally by Amtrak, 10 percent by the state DOT and 10 percent by the town.

The project has been preventing access to Farmington Avenue, just before Mill Street, with a detour on Seymour Street.

The High Road Bridge project is looking to be replaced but the box mold to replace the bridge won’t be ready until September, Healy said. By installing the premanufactured box culvert then, traffic diversions would have to carry through winter, which Healy said he wants to avoid.

The bridge is also really deep, according to Healy, meaning a lot of soil would need to be removed.

“Right now, our tentative idea is to go ahead, order the box culvert - have that already precast and made - let the roads stay over the winter, and then first thing in middle of March, whenever the winter breaks for us, start construction, hit it hard and put the box culvert in,” said Healy. “More efficient use of town funds and we do not want to go through a winter.”

The project is budgeted at about $1.1 million in construction costs with about $200,000 in engineering and design costs. Laviero Contractor Inc. of Bristol is completing the work.

Bridge projects on Spruce Brook Road and Burnham Street are in design phases as well, and have not gone out to bid yet, Healy said. Construction on those projects, which will cost approximately $1.4 million and $1.5 million, respectively, will likely begin within the next year or two.

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Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain, Berlin, General News on Thursday, 13 July 2017 20:09. Updated: Thursday, 13 July 2017 20:11.