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Woolwich Station 46 Route 1 Bridge

Work is now underway on so-called Station 46 Route 1 bridge in Woolwich. Maine DOT awarded Reed & Reed a $33.5 million contract to replace the existing 675-foot bridge which begins near the Taste of Maine Restaurant and carries Route 1 over the railroad and the Pleasant Cove marsh. In addition to replacing the Station 46 bridge, Reed & Reed will build a new 75-foot bridge over the inlet to Pleasant Cove, a location that has been prone to flooding over the years. Also included in the project is reconstructing and raising Route 1 between the two bridges to prevent future flooding.
The project includes diverting Route 1 traffic onto a temporary detour the company is building. This will allow the new bridges and roadway to be constructed on the existing alignment. The detour includes a 750-foot temporary bridge on the south end, over 1000 feet of temporary roadway and a 125-foot temporary bridge over Pleasant Cove to the north.
While traffic is running on the detour, Reed & Reed will build the two new bridges and install a 6-foot-high surcharge on the existing Route 1 roadway to compress subsurface soils prior to building the permanent roadway, which will be raised between the new bridges to alleviate flooding during high tides.
The Company expects to shift traffic onto the detour in August. Demolition of the existing Station 46 bridge will begin immediately thereafter as will construction of the roadway surcharge. The surcharge will remain in place for 12 months while Reed & Reed builds the new 4 span, 620-foot Station 46 bridge and the new Pleasant Cove bridge.
The entrance to the George Wright Road near the Dike will be closed for the duration of the project and a traffic signal will be installed at the intersection of Route 1 and Nequasset Road to accommodate vehicles entering and exiting Route 1 to and from the George Wright Road. The new bridges are scheduled to be open to traffic in the fall of 2024 with final project completion in 2025.
“We are pleased to build this key project right in our backyard. Reed & Reed widened and rebuilt the Station 46 bridge in 1980 so we are happy to upgrade it once again. Some of our employees who worked on that 1980 project are still with us and I’m sure they will be back on the project this time”, said Jackson Parker, Chairman and CEO.

By |2022-03-01T18:27:25+00:00March 1st, 2022|

Hinsdale / Brattleboro Bridge Project

After months of utility relocations, Reed & Reed was finally able to begin work on the new 1800 foot, 8 span bridge over the Connecticut River. Overhead lines in the work area prevented construction of the work trestle from which the new bridge will be built.
The New Hampshire abutment work is well underway with winter concrete placements being completed. The work sequence for each of the seven bridge piers is the same: install sheetpile cofferdam, excavate soils, drive 30-inch pipe piles to refusal (approximately 100 feet deep), place underwater concrete seal, construct reinforced concrete footing and pier shaft, remove cofferdam. Repeat.
Reed & Reed will erect variable depth steel girders beginning on the New Hampshire end. As weather warms up in 2023 crews will install deck forms and place the reinforced concrete bridge deck. A sidewalk and galvanized steel bridge rail will be the finishing touches before the bridge is opened to traffic.
Demolition of the adjacent existing steel truss bridges is NOT included in this $61.2 million contract as NHDOT has determined to keep those in place for pedestrian use.

By |2022-02-28T13:26:01+00:00February 28th, 2022|

Madawaska International Bridge Replacement

Reed & Reed is building the new $86.5 million International Bridge between Madawaska, Maine and Edmundston, New Brunswick. The six-span 1800-foot bridge is located just upstream of the existing bridge, which has been limited to 5-tons or less due to structural deficiencies. Built on a diagonal, the US end of the bridge lands further upstream where a new US Customs and Border Patrol facility is being built. On the New Brunswick end, the bridge lands in front of the existing Customs Station, which will remain in service.
During 2021, Reed & Reed installed the pier 2 and 3 foundations while our Canadian subcontractor, Greenfield Construction, built the pier 4 and 5 foundations. This work included installing steel sheetpile cofferdams, 8-foot diameter drilled shafts to bedrock, reinforced concrete footings and pier shafts then cofferdam removal. Work is proceeding through the winter at pier 1 and on both abutments. Winter weather has been particularly harsh but the hearty crews are doing great work as they await the onset of spring with great anticipation!
By contract, work trestles had to be removed from the St John River by February 15, which was done. After the spring freshet subsides, the trestles will be reinstalled, pier 2,3 and 4 pier caps will be completed and steel girders erected. Some sections of the concrete bridge deck may be installed prior to winter with the balance completed during the 2023 season.
The new bridge is some 100 feet above the riverbed in order to clear railroad tracks on each side of the river and to protect from ice jams which are known to occur on the St John from time to time. Reed & Reed expects to open the new bridge to traffic in late 2023 and begin demolishing the existing 4-span truss bridge thereafter.

By |2022-03-01T18:37:53+00:00February 28th, 2022|

West Virginia Wind Turbine Projects Completed at Pinnacle and Blackrock

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.

By |2022-03-01T18:35:12+00:00February 28th, 2022|

RoxWind Project Resumes Work

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.

By |2021-06-22T18:15:01+00:00June 22nd, 2021|

Black Rock Wind – West Virginia

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.

About Bechtel:
Bechtel is a trusted engineering, construction and project management partner to industry and government. Differentiated by the quality of our people and our relentless drive to deliver the most successful outcomes, we align our capabilities to our customers’ objectives to create a lasting positive impact. Since 1898, we have helped customers complete more than 25,000 projects in 160 countries on all seven continents that have created jobs, grown economies, improved the resiliency of the world’s infrastructure, increased access to energy, resources, and vital services, and made the world a safer, cleaner place.
Bechtel serves the Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Oil, Gas & Chemicals; and Mining & Metals markets. Our services span from initial planning and investment, through start-up and operations. www.bechtel.com

About Reed & Reed:

Founded in 1928 by Captain Josiah W. Reed and his son Carlton Day Reed, Reed & Reed has a long history of successful public & private construction projects throughout New England. Headquartered in Woolwich, Maine, Reed & Reed performs a wide range of construction services for both public and private clients. From complex cable-stayed bridges to industrial facilities, marine terminals to wind farms, commercial and institutional buildings to pile driving, parking garages to environmental remediation, Reed & Reed has a track record of superior performance. www.reed-reed.com

By |2021-05-19T13:11:01+00:00May 18th, 2021|

York, Maine Open Road Tolling Project

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.

By |2020-09-16T15:31:48+00:00September 16th, 2020|

Barter’s Island Bridge Replacement

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.

By |2020-09-16T15:38:17+00:00September 16th, 2020|

Ossipee Bridge Project

The Ossipee Bridge project is well into its second construction season after a very successful first season.  The $17 million project consists of replacing three red-list bridges and reconstructing 3.5 miles of roadway on busy Route 16 in Ossipee, NH.

In our first season, Reed & Reed primarily focused on constructing and completing the bridge slide for the Bearcamp Relief Bridge, a 170’ two-span bridge over a bypass channel for the Bearcamp River. New substructures were built in the existing roadway and under the existing bridge while the entire new bridge superstructure was built 15 ft. away on temporary supports. Then during an 84-hour window in September, Reed & Reed demolished the existing bridge, slid the new bridge horizontally 50 ft. and lowered it onto its permanent bearings. We completed the work in 72 hours, 12 hours ahead of schedule.

Following completion of the Bearcamp Relief bridge, our team moved on to constructing the Lovell River bridge in a more conventional manner. We built a detour bridge and are constructing the new Lovell River Bridge on-line.  We also began substructure work at the Bearcamp River bridge, the largest of the three bridges to be replaced. This is also a slide-in bridge like the Relief bridge and is due to be completed in September.

Finally, our subcontractor AJ Coleman has completed a large portion of the Route 16 roadway rehabilitation on the project.  They will be completing most of their other earthwork this summer and will finish paving following the Bearcamp River bridge slide.

We hope to be substantially complete on the project later this year.

By |2020-04-07T18:16:46+00:00April 7th, 2020|