Con­struc­tion Con­tin­ues On Hunter Street Bridge

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - NEWS - By Lynn Kut­ter

FARM­ING­TON — The city’s plan to re­place North Hunter Street bridge is 35 days be­hind sched­ule be­cause of weather and be­cause of an un­ex­pected wa­ter line, ac­cord­ing to David Gil­bert with Ply­mouth En­gi­neer­ing in Low­ell.

Gil­bert on Fri­day said the con­struc­tion com­pany cur­rently is dig­ging holes to in­stall steel for the foot­ings that will hold the bridge sec­tions.

Once the foot­ings have been set and cured for a cou­ple of weeks, the project will be ready for the con­crete bridge sec­tions.

“We hope to wrap things up in the first week of Novem­ber,” Gil­bert said.

One rea­son the project is be­hind sched­ule is be­cause of rainy weather in Au­gust. Nor­mally, Gil­bert noted, Au­gust is a dry month. For ex­am­ple, he said the con­struc­tion com­pany lost one week of work be­cause it rained ev­ery­day.

An­other rea­son for the de­lay is that a city of Fayet­teville wa­ter line was lo­cated in the con­struc­tion zone.

“We thought it wasn’t in the way but it turned out to be in the way,” Gil­bert said.

Farm­ing­ton and the city of Fayet­teville had to co­or­di­nate a res­o­lu­tion for the con­struc­tion to re­sume. The wa­ter line will be re­lo­cated af­ter the bridge is fin­ished.

LYNN KUT­TER EN­TER­PRISE-LEADER

N.E.C. Inc., is gen­eral contractor to in­stall a new bridge on North Hunter Street. Work­ers are pre­par­ing the area to in­stall steel for the foot­ings that will hold the bridge sec­tions.

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