Bridge Trail Talk

Bridge Trail Talk

West River TrailInterested is finding out more about the new I-91 bridge spanning the West River? Join the PCL+FIGG Team for the next on-site Trail Talk on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 8 am. Interested participants should meet the PCL+FIGG Team at the West River Trail Marina trailhead on Saturday, October 11, 2014, at 8 am. The talk will begin at 8:15 am. Participants will walk the trail to the I-91 bridge site, so please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

The Trail Talk will be led by Caleb Linn, Project Manager for PCL (lead contractor), and Garrett Hoffman, Design Manager for FIGG (bridge designer).

Directions to the Marina Trailhead
From the north: Roundabout at Exit 3: Go south 1.3 mi. on Putney Rd (Rte. 5) and make a hard right onto Spring Tree Rd (just before the bridge over the West River). Turn left, then right, and go 0.3 mi. to the trailhead at the end of the road.

From the south: Downtown Brattleboro (Main and High St): Go north on Main St, which becomes Putney Rd, for 1.0 mi. and bear left onto Spring Tree Rd (just past the bridge over the West River). Turn left, then right, and go 0.3. mi to the trailhead at the end of the road.

If you are using GPS, enter the PCL+FIGG office address at 41 Spring Tree Road, Brattleboro Vermont 05301, drive past the office, and follow Spring Tree Road out as far as you can go, keeping the West River on your left. Parking will be on your right.
Map available at https://westrivertrail.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/trailmap_11x17-2012.pdf

The project’s website features up-to-date information about the project, construction photos, and live traffic cameras. If you would like additional information, or would like to be added to the email distribution list for all project updates, please contact Cindy Cook, Public Relations Officer, Adamant Accord, Inc. at ccook@adamantaccord.com.

THE I-91 BRATTLEBORO BRIDGE
The I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Improvements Project located in Brattleboro, Vermont includes the replacement of four bridges with two new bridges (Bridges 8 & 9). Bridge 8 will carry the northbound and southbound lanes of I-91 over Upper Dummerston Road using NEXT Beams. Bridge 9 will be a new 3-span, 1,036-foot arching concrete bridge over the West River built utilizing balanced cantilever construction. Standing 100 feet above the scenic valley, the 515-foot main span forms an open gateway anchored by curving, cathedral piers. This postcard worthy bridge will feature viewing platforms for pedestrians, hikers and visitors at the base of each pier overlooking the West River and mountainous valley. True to its theme “A Bridge to Nature,” every detail of the uniquely-shaped superstructure, piers, viewing platforms, and the railings will be complementary of the natural landscape. The concrete cantilever construction process offers minimum impact when crossing busy Vermont Route 30, the West River, and popular West River Trail. Construction of the $60 million project began in the fall of 2013 and the new structures will be open to traffic by late 2015.

Dreaming of Summer on the WRT

Dreaming of Summer on the WRT

lego bridgeDreaming of summer. This lego model was made by Zadie Olmstead, 7 years old of West Dummerston. She and her family have spent a lot of time on the WRT in the past year, including participating in the Fun Walk/Run. Her lego model is of the bridge that was rebuilt this summer by the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps.  Zadie says “I can’t wait until next summer when I can ride my bike on the West River Trail!”