Darryl Coombs

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Madawaska International Bridge Replacement

July 2024: 

Demolition of the existing bridge continues.  The first span from the Canadian Port of Entry to the first pier over CN rail tracks has been removed.  The removal of utilities and sidewalk is ongoing.  Reed & Reed has been installing shoring towers to support the next span.  Demolition of the Canadian abutment has begun.

November 2023: 

Work on the new International Bridge in Madawaska, ME is nearing completion ahead of schedule and on budget. The six-span, 1,825-foot bridge that connects Madawaska, ME and Edmundston, NB is on track to open before the end of 2023.

Reed & Reed crews worked on the Maine abutment through the harsh northern Maine winter of 2021-22 and wrapped up the three hammerhead piers over the summer of 2022. Our Canadian subcontractor, Greenfield Construction, finished up two piers and the New Brunswick abutment during the same time. Crews then began erecting over 7.2 million pounds of structural steel girders in late August and this work was finished in November of last year. Reed & Reed chose to erect its first girders in pairs, which was a carefully planned and choreographed process. These paired girders weighed over 370,000 pounds but our skilled operators and ironworkers made the two-crane lifts look easy.

Upon completion of steel erection, crews began building forms for the concrete deck. Following completion of the concrete deck, work on the sidewalk, railings, lighting, and paving began. Once the new bridge is completed, our crews will turn their attention to removal of the existing 4-span through truss steel bridge.

By |2024-07-17T16:13:26+00:00July 17th, 2024|

Frank J. Wood Bridge Replacement

July 2024:

We are placing the second half of the abutment 1 backwall and forming the upper half of the downstream wing wall.  These are placements #10 and #11 of 13 in that abutment.  On the Topsham side, we have placed and backfilled the 7′ thick leveling slab for retaining wall #2 and are forming the 23′ radius footing for retaining wall #1.  We are looking forward to August 1st, when we can continue cofferdam work for pier #1.

November 2023:

The Maine Department of Transportation awarded Reed & Reed the contract to replace the aging, obsolete Frank J. Wood bridge between the towns of Brunswick and Topsham, Maine.  The existing 3-span through truss bridge was originally opened in 1932.  It will remain in service during construction of the new bridge which will be located just upstream.

The new bridge will be a 4-span steel plate girder and concrete structure.  The new bridge design calls for many aesthetic and site improvements at each end of the structure.

Work began in June of 2023 with the construction of a temporary work trestle to access the three river piers.   The new bridge abutments will be located adjacent to the existing abutments with slight alignments adjustments to the roadways on each end.

The new bridge is scheduled to open to traffic in October 2025.  Following completion of the new bridge Reed & Reed will demolish the existing bridge and complete work on the site improvements in both Brunswick and Topsham.

By |2024-07-17T16:27:13+00:00July 17th, 2024|

Hinsdale / Brattleboro Bridge Project

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) awarded the bridge replacement project that connects Hinsdale, NH to Brattleboro, VT via Route 119 to Reed & Reed, Inc.  The current twin steel truss bridges, (Anna Hunt Marsh Bridge and Charles Dana Bridge), located just upstream from the new bridge were built during the 1920s.

The Hinsdale/Brattleboro Bridge is an 8-span, 1,800-foot bridge over the Connecticut River. Six of seven piers are in the water which involves cofferdams, excavation, pipe pile driving, concrete seal placement, etc.  The work began on the New Hampshire side where Pier 7 and the NH abutment are located. The other piers are in descending order across the river to the Vermont side where Pier 2 is the last river pier and Pier 1 is on land.  The bridge is on a new alignment just downstream from the existing bridges. New approaches on both ends of the bridge will be constructed to provide for a better flow of traffic, avoiding a very busy, multi-approach intersection in Vermont.

After construction, the new bridge will serve Route 119 traffic, and the existing bridges and parts of the road previously used for Route 119 traffic will be repurposed to host pedestrian and bicycle activity.

By |2023-11-13T15:12:48+00:00November 13th, 2023|

Downeast Wind

Apex Clean Energy has chosen Reed & Reed, Inc. as its EPC partner to construct the Downeast Wind project in Columbia, Maine.

Reed & Reed was awarded the project in November of 2022 following a competitive bid selection process.

Downeast Wind is a 126MW wind project consisting of 30 Vestas V150 4.2 SE 120m HH turbines located in Washington County, Maine.  Construction began in March 2023 and is scheduled to be commercially operational by December 2024.  Downeast Wind is located within ISO-NE and will interconnect at a new switchyard on Emera’s 115kV transmission line, which is approximately 0.1 miles from the project substation.

Reed & Reed’s scope includes the construction of:

  • Sitework and access Roads/Crane Paths
  • Wind Turbine Foundations
  • Underground 34.5 kV Collection System
  • Collector Substation
  • Interconnect Switchyard
  • Wind Turbine Erection
By |2023-11-14T17:00:27+00:00November 9th, 2023|