The Departments of Transportation in Maine and New Hampshire have chosen Cianbro to complete emergency repairs to vertical, diagonal and horizontal support beams that support the main deck of the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge in Kittery, Maine. The company is currently mobilizing for the emergency work, including surveying the damage caused on April 1, when a 473 foot oil tanker got loose of its moorings at a nearby pier and was swept into the bridge by strong currents. The damage has been estimated at $2.5 million. Cianbro is also in the process of consulting with its Temporary Design Team engineers led by veteran constructor Alan Fisher, working with the Cianbro Equipment Group, and gearing up the company's steel fabrication team in preparation for executing the repairs. The goal is to reopen the bridge to traffic in May. Approximately 14,000 vehicles use the bridge on a typical day.
Pat Sughrue heads up Cianbro's team in Portland, Maine, which will spearhead the repairs. He says Cianbro's history of good work for both Maine and New Hampshire DOTs is a key factor in winning the opportunity to accomplish the emergency repairs. He gives Alan Fisher plenty of credit for getting the emergency situation under control.
"Since the incident occurred, Alan Fisher and his Temporary Design Team have been instrumental in this project," said Pat. "There is a certain sense of relief to the owners when Alan is involved. It reminds me of a hypothetical accident on a highway, the scene is chaos, and folks aren't sure what to do until the doctor arrives. The doctor's confidence and presence puts all the bystanders at ease. When it comes to damaged bridges, Alan is the doctor. He has the knowledge and demonstrates the confidence to heal the situation."
Cianbro crews are in the process of hanging scaffolding, removing lead paint, pulling together materials to drive pile and are erecting the temporary support system that Cianbro engineers are designing to allow the company's crews to get their hands onto the work. The plan calls for 12-hour shifts, seven days a week, though the crews could potentially move to an around-the-clock schedule if necessary.
"This opportunity is in front of us because of our relationship with the DOTs and because of who we are as a company," said Pat. "It is also the result of the resources we are capable of pulling together on a moment's notice and being able to demonstrate a coordinated response in an emergency. This is a pure example of what Cianbro has to offer to the community."