Foundations Project (138-232)Construction began on the Moses Wheeler Bridge Foundations Project in September 2009 under a $52.2M contract with general contractor O&G Industries, Inc. of Torrington, Connecticut.  Project changes amounted to $8.3M bringing the contract total to $60.5M.  The changes included the addition of 4 foundations slated to be performed in the Bridge Reconstruction Project.  Completing this work early contributed to the $40M in savings realized by the State during the competitive bid process for the second bridge.  The Foundations Project was completed on schedule in November 2011. Click here to view photos for this phase. Project highlights: Utility and drainage relocations were completed. Access trestle and trestle fingers were installed for use during construction of the new Moses Wheeler Bridge. Thirty-nine, three-meter diameter drilled shafts were installed to support the new Moses Wheeler Bridge.

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Bridge Project (138-221) Update – March 15, 2017

Status: WPJV has completed Stage 1, Stage 2, and Stage 3 of the superstructure project.  I-95 traffic is now traveling on new bridge structures in both directions via full-width lanes.  With the completion of these three stages, the former Moses Wheeler Bridge built in 1958 has been completely taken out of service. 

Traffic was successfully placed in final alignment on December 14, 2016 in both directions of I-95. 

Substantial Completion has now been attained and project time has been stopped.  The remainder of the work consists of completing the new Public Boat Launch and Parking Area under the Milford approach to the Moses Wheeler Bridge, constructing a parking lot under the Stratford approach, and installing the final balance of the Wetland Creation Areas along the banks of the Housatonic River.

Financial Sources – Reconstruction/Superstructure Contract:

•     $166,476,700 – Contractor’s Bid

•     $203,934,032 - ($37,457,331 Approved CO’s) – Current Value which includes 90% Federal Funding

 

Recent Activity :  

Prime Contractor Contractor is completing "Punch List" activities on all structures as well as seasonal work within the approach limits as weather permits.

Subcontractors

Empire Piping has completed the installation of the new Fire Suppression System, which is attached to the underside of the Moses Wheeler Bridge.  This system will allow for convenient access to water on the highway, in case of fire.  It contains multiple water connection points along the entire length of the bridge structure.  All that remains is to conduct a pressure test for acceptance.  This will be scheduled as weather permits.

 

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The Connecticut Department of Transportation identified and addressed a constructability issue with the current phase of the replacement of the Moses Wheeler Bridge, which carries I-95 over the Housatonic River between Stratford and Milford. The issue was not a safety concern to motorists or the construction workers on the project and has been remedied. 

It was discovered that the new concrete bridge support columns had deflected or “flexed” outward slightly since their initial construction. As a result, temporary restraints were installed around the columns and will remain in place until the construction of the center portion of the bridge piers is completed. The purpose of the restraints is to facilitate completion of the third and final center phase which will connect the three phases and eliminate future deflection. 

The project designer, STV, Inc., has acknowledged the situation, confirmed the overall safety of the structure, and worked cooperatively with the DOT and the prime contractor, Walsh Construction/PCL JV II, to implement the remedial work. 

Regular ongoing inspections revealed that several of the newly constructed bridge support columns had deflected outward by a matter of inches. To evaluate this condition, DOT called in STV, and more recently, two nationally recognized engineering firms: FIGG, to evaluate the concrete structures; and GM2 to perform structural steel analysis. 

“The safety and integrity of the bridge has been fully evaluated and confirmed,” said DOT Commissioner James P. Redeker. “We anticipate that final design and construction modifications will meet all of the required bridge performance and life cycle performance requirements.” 

Additional project costs are anticipated, but the DOT will pursue normal insurance remedies to seek reimbursement for the additional costs. The $300 million construction project is still expected to be complete in late 2016 or early 2017 as initially envisioned.  No additional or new impacts to traffic are anticipated as a result of this work.  

For a detailed description of the project click here. Click here to view photos for this phase.   For updated information regarding lane closures, check the Traffic Alerts page. You can also sign up for E-Traffic alerts here.