Meeting will cover Route 5 bridge replacement

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PUTNEY — The Vermont Agency of Transportation will hold a public information meeting next week on a project to replace the deck of the Route 5 bridge in Putney Center at the intersection of Kimball Hill Road. The meeting will be held Thursday, Nov. 14, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Putney Fire Station, 21 Carl Snyder Drive. Construction will start in spring 2020.

The existing structure is a single span cast-in-place deck on rolled beams constructed in 1954. The bridge is owned and maintained by the State of Vermont. VTrans bridge inspectors have observed areas of heavy saturation, cracking, and evidence of significant concrete deterioration. VTrans engineers determined that the most cost effective and viable approach to address deterioration of the aging bridge deck is to replace it.

VTrans says it will use accelerated bridge methods to minimize disruption to travelers. The bridge will be closed for a two-week period in June 2020. Motorists will use I-91 as a detour route. Shuttle service is planned for pedestrians during the bridge closure period.

The new bridge deck will be the same width, provide a greater load carrying capacity, and feature a historic bridge rail that meets safety criteria and complements its village setting, according to VTrans. With the replaced deck, the useful life of the structure will be extended another 30 to 40 years.

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