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Beech Street Bridge – Lewiston

The Beech Street bridge replacement has begun in Lewiston.  This is a project for the City of Lewiston to replace the aging single lane bridge that accesses the Lewiston-Auburn park, location of big events such as the balloon festival and Dempsey Challenge.  Work began following the cleanup from this year’s Dempsey Challenge and is expected to be complete by end of year, with the exception of final paving and seeding.

The bridge itself is small, only 52’ x 30’, but the project has considerable complications due to congested underground and overhead utilities and 20’ deep abutment foundations.  The project includes replacing an active water line, active storm drain line, installing 2 storm drain manholes, and protecting an active natural gas pipeline and sewer line that are within 3’ of our excavation.  Once the foundations are complete we will set a pre-assembled pony truss bridge frame in place and then form and place the deck.

By |2018-11-01T20:11:15+00:00November 1st, 2018|

Deerfield Wind

The Deerfield Wind Project is a 30 MW wind generator facility located in Bennington County, Vermont.  The Project includes eight (8) 2.0 MW Gamesa G97 turbines and seven (7) 2.0 MW Gamesa G87 turbines, with spread-footing foundations, 6.4 miles of 34.5kV underground collector system, 5.1 miles of gravel ridgeline roads, and an operations building.  The site is located within the Green Mountain National Forest.

The project site is located primarily on two undeveloped woodland ridges south of Searsburg, Vermont in Bennington County. The ridges are separately referred to as either the East or West ridge, on either side of Vermont Route 8.

The project consisted of challenging schedule and site conditions.  As the first commercial wind project located within a National Forest utmost consideration was taken to maintain compliance with the environmental and stormwater permit requirements.

The project achieved commercial operation December 30, 2017.

 

 

By |2018-11-01T20:18:10+00:00November 1st, 2018|

Maine Turnpike York Toll Plaza Mile 8.8 Project, York, Maine

Reed & Reed has recently been awarded the Maine Turnpike York Toll Plaza Mile 8.8 Project in York, Maine.

The $40 million Mile 8.8 Project consists of constructing six (6) open, high-speed (70 mph) E-ZPass center lanes (3 in each direction) with overhead open frame gantries with electronic toll collection equipment, nine (9) cash lanes with toll booths (4 northbound and 5 southbound) with canopies, reconstruction of mainline to accommodate approach and departure lanes at the new toll plaza with construction of a precast pedestrian tunnel for employee access and utilities, and a new driveway from Chases Pond Road providing access to a new parking lot and Administration Building.

The work includes maintenance of traffic, clearing, drilling and blasting ledge, earthwork, concrete foundations and slabs, precast tunnel, paving, overhead sign structures, concrete barrier, guardrail, electrical systems and mechanical systems.

The work will start in November 2018 and be complete in the Summer 2021.

By |2018-11-01T19:27:26+00:00November 1st, 2018|

Maine Turnpike Exit 44 Open Road Tolling Project, Scarborough, Maine

The Exit 44 Open Road Tolling (ORT) Project in Scarborough Maine consists of replacing the existing toll plaza, construction of two northbound and two southbound open road tolling (ORT) lanes and two northbound and two southbound cash/E-ZPass lanes. It also includes construction of a precast pedestrian tunnel for employee access and utilities, construction of an Administration Building, reconfiguration of Exit 1 ramp, construction of snow plow turnarounds, demolition of existing toll plaza and reconstruction of the mainline to accommodate approach and departure grade and alignment differentials at the modified plaza for the Maine Turnpike.
The work includes maintenance of traffic, earthwork, shoring, piles, concrete, paving, overhead sign structures, concrete barrier, guardrail, electrical work, lighting, lightning suppression systems and demolition of the existing Exit 44 toll plaza and administration building.
The ORT lanes were completed in August 2018. Work on the cash lanes is underway and will be followed by the phased demolition of the existing plaza. The work started in April 2017 and planned to be complete in October 2019.

By |2018-11-01T19:24:50+00:00November 1st, 2018|

Main Street Bridge in Yarmouth

The Yarmouth Main Street bridge replacement project consists of replacing the existing 3-span arched concrete deck structure with a new structure that is nearly identical to the old. The bridge includes decorative pilasters on the piers and abutments which require detailed work to replicate the original structures. The project is phased construction with 2-way traffic required to be maintained on half of the old structure while the other half is removed and replaced. Additionally, two-way traffic and pedestrian sidewalks are maintained beneath the structure on Main Street with specifically allowed weekend closures of Main Street for demolition and falsework related activities. A combination of steel framing and a prefabricated deck forming system on a crane mat foundation is used during construction to form and place the arched concrete deck. Opening Phase 1 of the new bridge to traffic occurred in mid-June and demolition of the remaining half of the existing bridge followed immediately thereafter.

The approach roadwork for the project includes, relocating an on and off ramp for southbound Route 1 traffic, elevated final grades of mainline Route 1, utility relocations, and mitigating traffic impact to surrounding high-traffic roadways, intersections and nearby businesses and schools. Phased roadwork, including temporary pavement and various temporary traffic control patterns are used to manage this work.

Finish work below the bridge includes concrete sitting walls, granite pavers and extensive lighting. The bridge is a prominent structure located at the heart of Main Street in Yarmouth right next to City Hall and the town library and is where the annual Yarmouth Clam Festival is held and will undoubtedly be the centerpiece for the town events in the area.

By |2018-06-05T13:58:50+00:00June 5th, 2018|

Middle Street Substation

Reed & Reed was awarded the contract for the CMP Middle Street Substation project in late spring 2016 by AVANGRID. In January, 2017 we are in the midst of construction of this project to update and improve the electrical infrastructure serving a significant portion of downtown Lewiston, Maine.
The project includes the construction of the new Middle Street Substation which is comprised of two 115kV line terminals (one overhead, one underground), three 115kV power transformers, a two terminal 34.5kV bay for local transmission circuits and the control/powerhouse which contains 12kV switchgear distributing power to a large segment of the city. The substation foundations are complete, structural steel is up, the power transformers are set in place, and the work to install the remaining electrical equipment and conductors has begun. Construction of the substation is expected to wrap up in spring 2017 when the testing and commissioning of the new facility begins.

Once the new substation is commissioned and energized, Reed & Reed will continue our work by pulling approximately 57,000 feet of new 12kV power cable to re-feed nine (9) existing circuits. Along with crews from Central Maine Power Co., the closely coordinated task of cutting these circuits over from an existing substation will be performed in summer 2017. Once the circuits are energized, the project will conclude with the de-energization and decommissioning of the old Lewiston Steam indoor substation.

This major upgrade of the Lewiston substation infrastructure will increase reliability and improve CMP’s efficiency of operation in this key central Maine city. Reed & Reed is pleased to be the contractor.

By |2017-02-08T21:08:45+00:00January 26th, 2017|

Canton Mountain Wind

PROJECT UPDATE January 2017

Reed & Reed recently began construction of the Canton Mountain Wind Project in Canton, Maine. The project is being developed by Patriot Renewables of Quincy, MA. Reed & Reed worked with Patriot on the recently completed Saddleback Wind Project in Carthage, Maine, which is adjacent to the Canton Project. Because of our previous performance and the successful relationship that we developed with Patriot on that project, we were selected to build Canton.

The Canton project consists of 8 – GE 2.85 MW wind turbines with 103 meter rotors mounted on 85 meter towers. The turbines will be erected on rock anchor foundations secured to good old Maine bedrock. The generated power will travel through an underground ridgeline collector system, then overhead to the expanded substation built for the Saddleback Project.

Reed & Reed is self-performing the substation expansion, overhead and underground electrical collection system, WTG foundations, and turbine erection. Turbine components will be delivered initially to a laydown yard in Jay from which we will transport them up to the project site.

We are currently working on the substation expansion and overhead electrical collector system. Construction of the foundations, turbine erection, and the underground electrical collector system will be commence in late spring of 2017. Final completion will be in the fall of 2017.

November 3, 2016

Reed & Reed has been selected to build the Canton Mountain Wind Project in Canton, Maine. This project is a “Sister” project to the Saddleback Wind Project recently completed by Reed & Reed. Both of these projects were developed by Patriot Renewables.

Canton Mountain Wind consists of eight GE 2.85 MW wind turbines with 103 meter diameter rotors mounted on 85 meter towers. The turbines will be erected on rock anchor foundations. . The generated power will travel through an underground ridgeline collector system, then overhead to the expanded substation built for the Saddleback Project.

Reed & Reed will commence substation and overhead collector line work in 2016. Construction of the foundations, turbine erection, and the underground electrical collector system will be commence in late spring of 2017. Final completion will be in the fall of 2017.

By |2017-01-23T21:03:17+00:00January 3rd, 2017|

Deerfield Wind Project

The Deerfield Wind project consists of 15 Gamesa 2.0MW, 80 meter hub-height wind turbines and 5 miles of access roads/crane paths on a “ridge-line” site. Reed & Reed was awarded the project in August 2016 following competitive bid selection process. The project is notable in that it is the first commercial wind project in the country on land managed by the US Forest Service.

Reed & Reed’s scope includes the sitework, access roads/crane paths and stormwater features, turbine foundations, turbine erection, mechanical completion, the underground electrical collector, and the Operations and Maintenance Building.

The project is being developed and will be owned and operated by Avangrid Renewables, and is located in Bennington County, Vermont.

Construction began in September 2016 and the project is scheduled to be operational in late 2017. According to Avangrid Renewables’ website, the project will produce enough energy to power about 14,000 average Vermont households annually. It is expected to deliver at least $400,000 per year in local economic benefits to the towns of Searsburg and Readsboro and an additional estimated $300,000 per year in tax payments to the State of Vermont.

Deerfield Wind is Reed & Reed’s 19th wind project in New England and when completed the Company will have installed more than 425 turbines producing over 1,040 megawatts of clean, renewable electricity.

By |2017-06-22T02:03:34+00:00November 10th, 2016|

We’re an Employee Owned Company

After 88 years as a privately owned company, there was an ownership change in early 2016 when Reed & Reed became an Employee Owned company. The Company formed an ESOP Trust to purchase 100% of the company shares for the benefit of its employees. The ESOP form of ownership creates distinctive benefits:

• Provides for continuity of the Company
• Recognizes the people who have helped make us great
• Incentivizes employees to be the best and grow the Company to even greater success going forward
• Provides opportunity for next gen employees to contribute and build on the legacy

Leadership changes are few as a result of the ESOP transaction. Jackson A. Parker remains Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. Thomas Reed remains Treasurer. The Company’s board has been expanded and now includes outside directors.

No management changes are being made or are any contemplated.

The entire management team is fully committed, both short and long term, to build on a legacy of excellence to establish Reed & Reed as an Employee Owned company without peer.

Jackson Parker noted, “Tom and I are pleased to know the company’s future rests in the hands of our employee-owners. I can’t imagine a better recipe for success.”

By |2017-06-22T02:03:36+00:00October 10th, 2016|