The Departments of Transportation in Maine and New Hampshire have officially launched the construction phase of the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge Replacement Project. Cianbro Chairman & CEO Pete Vigue, and Cianbro Corporation President Andi Vigue were among the dignitaries from Maine and New Hampshire who helped to commemorate the momentous occasion on January 5th. Maine’s U.S. Senator Susan Collins, Governor Paul LePage, and New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen alongside Governor Maggie Hassan all lent their presence to the ceremony in Kittery, Maine.
“What an honor it was to represent the Cianbro team members that are, and have been, involved with the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge Replacement Project at the Project Kickoff,” said Cianbro Senior Project Manager Kaven Philbrook. “I think I can speak on behalf of all my colleagues that it is a rewarding feeling to work for Cianbro when Governor LePage, Senator Collins, Maine DOT Commissioner David Bernhardt and Federal Highway Administration leader Greg Nadeau make comments in their presentations on what a great company Cianbro is with regard to safety, meeting schedules, budget and quality.”
Local residents and business people also participated in the event where they had the opportunity to sign a commemorative trestle plate that will be installed on the project. Children from local daycare programs participated by placing their handprints on the trestle plate.
“This is another vital project that helps to keep Maine infrastructure solid and safe,” said Governor LePage. “The bridge represents not only excellent cooperation between the two states; it stands as a testament to Maine DOT’s commitment to stretch the dollar by ensuring we build a good bridge for a good price.”
The Sarah Mildred Long Bridge spans the Piscataqua River between Kittery, Maine and Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The project began in 2013 with the initial design, and has a scheduled completion date of September of 2017, with year-round construction. Traffic will be impacted only during approximately ten months near the end of the project, when builders will intercept the old bridge on the Kittery side. During that time, traffic will be detoured to the Piscataqua River Bridge on Interstate 95.
The new bridge was designed by a joint venture between Figg Engineering Group and Hardesty & Hanover. Cianbro is the bridge’s general contractor. The lift span will have a deck that will lift for ships and lower for rail traffic. It will have a higher elevation and will reduce the need to lift the deck by nearly 70 percent, which will minimize impacts on traffic. The navigational opening will also be wider, allowing for much safer ship passage while better accommodating larger ships.
“We are excited to officially start the construction phase of this project,” said Maine DOT Commissioner David Bernhardt. “The new Sarah Mildred Long Bridge will serve as a spectacular gateway vista for those crossing on the high level I-95 bridge and will be an iconic landmark for the next 100 years.”