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Cianbro/Middlesex Wins ABC “Best in Show” for Niantic Bridge Project

The Associated Builders and Contractors of Connecticut (CT ABC) hosted its 12th Annual Excellence in Construction Awards Ceremony on January 30, 2014 at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington, with more than 600 professionals from the industry in attendance. The event honored construction companies and subcontractors who performed work on outstanding construction projects completed as of October 2013. The Excellence in Construction Awards ceremony was held in conjunction with the Association’s annual dinner where the 2014 Board of Directors and officers were sworn in.

The Excellence in Construction and Merit Award winners are projects submitted to this annual competition and judged by an independent panel of judges which includes architects, engineers and university professionals. Project submittals must adhere to rigorous application requirements for consideration of the year’s top honors. Contractors must not only demonstrate outstanding quality in construction and exemplary references from the project owner, but also rigorous safety performance.

The year’s Best in Show was awarded to the Cianbro/Middlesex Joint Venture (JV) team for the Niantic River Bascule Railroad Bridge Replacement Project. This top designation was chosen by the panel of judges as the year’s Best of the Best. Owned by Amtrak, the Niantic River Bascule Railroad Bridge connects the towns of East Lyme and Waterford, Connecticut, and is located along one of the Northeast Corridor’s most highly traveled rail line connectors in the United States. Prior to its replacement, the Niantic River Bascule Bridge was one of the oldest moveable bridges in the country.

This heavy infrastructure project began in February 2010 and required in-depth and extensive safety and environmental planning as the entire project was constructed in an environmentally sensitive area surrounded by three freshwater wetlands and two shellfish fishing areas. Major work activities included: construction of a new two-track, electrified railroad bascule draw bridge; construction  of new track alignments on both the East and West approaches; expansion of the navigational channel beneath the bridge, and an increase in the vertical under-clearance above the water. The team also rebuilt the Niantic Bay Boardwalk, replenished the beach, and expanded the parking lot which enabled increased public access to this restored amenity. The Cianbro/Middlesex JV team self-performed 80% of the entire project and coordinated over 35 subcontractors onsite. A crew of 60 to 80 team members, who performed approximately 324,000 total work hours, experienced zero lost-time injuries. The project was successfully completed in May of 2013.

Congratulations to the entire Niantic River Bascule Railroad Bridge Replacement Project team for this outstanding achievement!




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