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12th Street Bridge reopened

Representatives from HEB Engineering, Winterset Inc., and the City of Berlin assembled on the 12th Street Bridge last week for a ribbon cutting marking the end of the planned repairs to the structure. Matilda Brown. (click for larger version)
November 17, 2010
BERLIN — The work on the 12th Street Bridge has been completed and it is now open to traffic, after being closed for several months. Mayor Paul Grenier and city councilor Mark Evans were on hand, as well as Jason Ross and Sal DiSanza from HEB Engineering, and the crew from Winterset, a company based out of Lyndonville, Vermont.

"We've been working on this project for almost two years in the design phase. Construction has been 10 weeks now," said Mr. Ross. He pointed out that it was completed both on time and under budget. The budget was $599,000 and Mr. Ross said that the project is approximately $75,000 under budget.

In order to repair the bridge, Mr. Ross said, one and a half inches of concrete was ground down and the bad concrete under that was chipped away and replaced. Rusting steel was also replaced. A new concrete deck was cast and minor repairs were done to the approaches and traffic lights. The only thing left for the crew to do is to put balusters on the guard rails to meet current code requirements, Mr. Ross explained. .

"The final product turned out well. We've been happy with Winterset and the work that they did," he said.

Mr. Evans remarked that the city council's role in the bridgework was to approve funding. The council's decision to close the bridge completely and do the work all at once, "saved a lot of money," he said. The work was done using a $5 million bond that the city had taken out for city improvements.

"It was great that it came in under budget and about 10 days early. It should keep this bridge operational for 20 years until we do a complete re-deck," Mayor Grenier said.

Martin Lord Osman
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