Milford St. Bridge project gets help

Posted May 17, 2009, at 9:10 p.m.

WASHINGTON — The Federal Highway Administration has awarded the Maine Department of Transportation $300,000 to assist in the replacement of the Milford Street Bridge over Grand Lake Stream in Washington County.

The project is the first in which DOT will be using a full system of prefabricated components, the combination of precast-prestressed beams, precast abutments and precast concrete block mats, for a bridge replacement, according to a news release from 2nd District Rep. Mike Michaud.

The total construction time for the project is 90 days, compared with nine months if the conventional method of cast-in-place were used. The use of prefabricated components will allow DOT to remove and replace the structure and be opened to traffic within 4 weeks. The projected total construction cost is $1.5 million.

“The Highways for LIFE program was created in order to increase the use of innovation and new technologies in projects that improve highway safety and quality,” Michaud said. “This funding will help the Maine Department of Transportation complete a bridge replacement project using technology that will result in faster and more efficient construction.”

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