Reed & Reed is in the final stages of the new Mattawamkeag Bridge on US Rt.2 in Mattawamkeag, Maine for the Maine Department of Transportation. The new bridge opened to traffic on September 15, 2022 after having been detoured via a temporary detour bridge adjacent to the new structure since May 2021. The project involved installation of the detour bridge, demolition of the existing concrete bridge structure, pile supported concrete abutments, installation of two new concrete river piers on bedrock, structural steel erection, construction of the new concrete bridge deck, and associated approach work. Construction began in January 2021 and will complete well ahead of the contract completion date of December 2023.
Substructure work is well underway for the 8-span, 1800 foot bridge over the Connecticut River. Six of seven piers are in the water which involves cofferdams, excavation, pipe pile driving, concrete seal placement, cleaning and concreting the pipe piles all before construction of the concrete piers can begin.
We began our work on the New Hampshire side where Pier 7 and the NH abutment are located. The other piers are in descending order to the Vermont side of the river 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 bridge. 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.
At this writing, we have constructed a work trestle some 1200 feet long that extends beyond Pier 3. The trestle allows work on the piers, structural steel erection and bridge deck construction. Just prior to final completion of the the bridge we will remove the trestle and make final adjustments to adjacent areas.
The detour is now open and traffic is flowing smoothly. Demolition is underway on the existing bridge in preparation for construction of the new 4-span structure which will follow the same alignment as the existing bridge.
In the roadway between the Station 46 bridge and the Pleasant Cove crossing our subcontractor Keller has been installing 2,422 wick drains. Because the underlying soils below the road are soft and wet, the wick drains are installed to bedrock on a regular pattern. When they are finished, we will install about 6 feet of gravel on top and that will sit for about one year. During that time, the wick drains will ‘wick’ water out of the underlying soils and it will drain out through the gravel layer. The added weight of the gravel surcharge accelerates the process.
The result will be the underlying soils will consolidate and strengthen and future road settlement will be minimized. Part of our work involves permanently raising the existing road several feet to prevent flooding. But this additional weight would likely cause new settlement, if not for the consolidation from the wick drains.
Following demolition, the next steps at the Station 46 bridge will be installation of cofferdams at abutments and the three piers to allow pile driving and concrete work.
Work on the new International Bridge in Madawaska, ME is moving ahead on schedule and on budget. The six-span, 1,825-foot bridge connecting Madawaska, ME and Edmundston, NB is on track to open late fall 2023.
Reed & Reed crews worked on the Maine abutment through the harsh northern Maine winter and wrapped up the three hammerhead piers over the summer. Our Canadian subcontractor, Greenfield Construction, finished up two piers and the New Brunswick abutment during the same time. Crews began erecting over 7.2 million pounds of structural steel girders in late August and this work is scheduled to be completed by the end of November. 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 will begin forming for the concrete deck. The contract requires the deck concrete be poured in 14 different placements and our progress this fall with the decks will be weather dependent.
We are required to remove the work trestle, which now spans the entire St John River, by February 15 to avoid the risk of ice and high-water damage. Upon completion of the concrete deck, sidewalk, railings lighting, and paving, the bridge will be ready for traffic. Our crews will then turn their attention to removal of the existing 4-span through truss steel bridge.
Reed & Reed’s contract completion date is June 30, 2025 for this $86 million project.
The Reed & Reed-Bechtel Joint Venture team recently completed work on two major wind projects in the mountains of West Virginia. The Pinnacle Wind project included removing 23 existing MHI wind turbines, modifying the concrete foundations and installing 23 new 2.4 mw Siemens-Gamesa turbines on 82 meter towers.
Just 7 miles down the same ridgeline, the JV was EPC contractor for the 23 turbine Black Rock Wind project. Work there included design, procurement and installation of roads, turbine foundations, turbine erection, collector system and the project substation. The 4.8 mw SGRE WTGs were erected by JV crews on 107.5-meter towers.
The combined contract value of the projects was just over $100 million and work was completed successfully.
These two projects are the first wind projects completed by the Bechtel-Reed JV team, which is currently pursuing additional projects outside of the New England region.
After a winter shutdown, work has resumed on Reed & Reed’s RoxWind project in Oxford County, Maine. Last fall crews began sitework and completed foundations. This spring work has begun in earnest on the collector system and utility interconnect. Wind turbines are slated for arrival in late May when Reed & Reed crews will erect the four GE 3.85 mw turbines with 450-foot diameter rotors on 267-foot towers. Each blade is more than 220 feet long and weighs just over 40,000 lbs.
On the ridge just to the north one can see the 22 turbine Record Hill Wind Project built by Reed & Reed in 2010-11. And about 15 miles to the east the towers at Saddleback Wind and Canton Wind are visible, all built by our skilled and experienced crews.
Commercial operation at RoxWind is scheduled for September.
NEW WIND FARM TO INCREASE WEST VIRGINIA’S WIND POWER BY NEARLY 15% Bechtel and Reed & Reed joint venture selected to deliver new Black Rock Wind Farm
RESTON, Virginia, January 2021 — Clean, renewable energy for West Virginia residents surged forward today when Clearway Energy Group selected the Bechtel-Reed & Reed Joint Venture, to build its Black Rock wind farm in Grant County and Mineral counties. The new wind farm represents a nearly 15% increase in the state’s wind power and will produce enough green energy to power 34,000 homes.
“We’re excited to partner with Bechtel and Reed & Reed and look forward to potential that their combined resources can bring to this critical project,” said Chris Fox, Vice President of Construction at Clearway Energy Group. “This represents Clearway’s second renewable project in West Virginia, and provides a great opportunity for us to add construction jobs and permanent positions to our existing workforce in the state. Black Rock represents an important and growing sector of West Virginia’s economy and we are proud to help drive that growth.”
The Bechtel-Reed & Reed team, will engineer, procure, and construct the farm. The project will include twenty-three Siemens-Gamesa SG 5.0-145 wind turbines on 107.5-meter tall towers, producing 115 MW of electricity at the point interconnection to the First Energy electrical grid.
“The Black Rock Wind Farm is a significant contribution to renewable wind production in the region, and we are delighted to have Reed & Reed as partners and we are eager to join Clearway Energy Group on their path to deliver clean energy for future generations,” said Kelvin Sims, Bechtel’s Infrastructure general manager, Americas. “Our customers are setting ambitious targets to decarbonize energy systems, and we’re excited to support them in their journey to net-zero.”
“Our partnership with Bechtel combines two leading companies in the new world economy of renewable energy. All of us at Reed & Reed are pleased to begin work on this project with our partners from Bechtel. It’s a chance to demonstrate our expertise and experience in wind projects in a new region. We are especially pleased to have been selected by Clearway to build such an important project,” said Jackson Parker, CEO of Reed & Reed, Inc.
The project will create around 200 jobs in the area during construction, with several permanent jobs when operational. Once the wind farm is active, currently scheduled for late 2021, it will save 298,500 metric tons of CO2 emissions.
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The York toll Plaza looks much different than it did a year ago. In June we met the project schedule milestone of completing the Northbound and Southbound high-speed toll lanes so that the Turnpike’s vendor can start their 126-day commissioning phase. We have placed the two cornerstones of the project, the ORT slabs that will be the centerpieces of the new high-speed tolling lanes. We’ve also installed the cast-in-place median barrier, the spaceframes, miles of conduit and cabling, tolling devices, and panels needed for the high-speed toll lanes.
We’ve started work on the five toll islands, cash slabs, canopies, and tunnel stairs. Later this fall we will move traffic to the center lanes and finish the outside cash lanes of the project.
Subcontractors have help set over 7,500’ of precast barrier and placed over 14,000 tons of asphalt so far The Administration Building work was wrapped up in May even though the Turnpike isn’t going to take occupancy until near the end of the project.
We are working towards wrapping up the project in June 2021.
The replacement of the old swing span bridge is progressing quickly now as we near the completion stages of the job. The center swing span was recently floated into position and fitted with mechanical components and we’ve just placed the deck. The control house is filled and all of its’ control equipment will operate everything once the bridge is complete.
Due to the nature of this type of project, there are a lot of details that need to be precisely organized and tracked to ensure proper operation of the bridge. The mechanical components require installation within a fraction of an inch for proper operation. This includes installation of the center rotation bearing, balance wheels, live load rollers, end casters, end seats, end jacks, and end stops; all of which have been installed in the field under the span with hundreds of bolts, and countless shim plates to make sure they are all properly oriented to each other.
We expect to complete the project in the Fall of 2020.
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