The Moses Wheeler Bridge is one of the longest and most heavily traveled bridges in the state of Connecticut. The ConnDOT program in progress to replace the bridge will expand the existing bridge from 92 foot wide to 136 feet wide while maintaining the existing six-lane highway and adding four full-width shoulders. The presence of full-width highway shoulders allows for fewer lane closures caused by vehicle incidents or police activity. The entire replacement of this bridge and associated improvements in this section of the I-95 corridor is expected to be complete by summer of 2016. The Project was separated into two major phases, the Foundations Project, which is now complete, and the Bridge Superstructure Project.
Construction of the new bridge foundations occured in the first phase, the Moses Wheeler Bridge Foundations Project, State Project No. 138-232.
Major items of work within this phase included constructing:
- Waste Stockpile Area (WSA) for storage of controlled materials
- Temporary trestles in the Housatonic River for access to drilled shafts locations and for future demolition of the existing bridge
- Thirty-nine, 10-foot diameter drilled shafts
The second phase, Replacement of Moses Wheeler Bridge, State Project No. 138-221, includes construction of several new retaining walls and bridges, including the new Moses Wheeler Bridge. Major items of work within this phase include:
- Temporary highway construction to accommodate traffic shifts
- Reconstructing highway approaches
- Constructing the new Moses Wheeler bridge piers and superstructure
- Demolishing the existing Moses Wheeler Bridge
- Replacing I-95 bridges over Barnum Avenue Connector, East Main Street/U.S. Route 1 and Naugatuck Avenue
- Constructing drainage improvements
- Reconstructing the state boat launch and floating docks
- Removing the construction trestle and finger piers
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