I-91 bridge repair project begins in Deerfield
DEERFIELD - Over the next six months the state will knock down and replace the bridges that carry I-91 across the Deerfield River at Stillwater. The $36.2 million project is part of the Stillwater and Lower Roads Bridge replacement project run by the state Department of Transportation.
"They are being demolished and replaced. The bridges are structurally deficient," stated Sara Lavoie, a spokesperson with the state Department of Transportation.
According to Lavoie, the work involves the replacement of four I-91 bridges crossing the Deerfield River, Stillwater Road and Lower Road.
The bridges are the I-91 northbound bridge over the Deerfield River and Stillwater Road, the I-91 northbound bridge over Lower Road, the I-91 southbound bridge over the Deerfield River and Stillwater Road and the I-91 southbound bridge over Lower Road.
The northbound bridges will be knocked down first and their replacements built within the existing median. The new bridges will be used to carry southbound traffic during demolition and replacement of the southbound bridges.
Once the new southbound bridge is constructed, southbound traffic will go back to its current alignment. The northbound traffic will then use the new northbound bridges.
Preliminary site work and road realignment has already begun. The project began in June with J.F. White as the hired contractor. It is scheduled to be completed by April 2016.