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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 |2021-03-22T14:05:08+00:00March 22nd, 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|

Gardiner, Maine Bridges

A lot of work has been accomplished on the Gardiner Bridge Project since last October when the Maine Avenue Bridge was shut down for 13 days to demolish the existing concrete T-beam bridge and construct the new 78 ft. long precast concrete bridge. The new bridge had a substructure composed of precast abutment pieces that were placed and grouted over previously driven H-pile, and a superstructure that was composed of precast concrete NEXT beams. The bridge was removed and disposed of in 2 days and the first piece of precast abutment was set on Day 2. The four new superstructure girders, weighing around 115,000 lbs. each were set on Day 5. Four days later on Day 9 the deck was placed. The bridge was opened to traffic 2 days earlier than the 15 days allowed and was accomplished by the hard work from both day and night crews.
Since the Maine Avenue Bridge was opened, we’ve focused our attention on the Bridge Street Bridge. Placing concrete, constructing the temporary support structure, and installing micropile. Both bridge abutments have been completed, precast abutment caps have been poured, the A1 Diner has been temporarily supported, new footings placed, temporary supports removed and we have constructed the temporary support/slide structure for the new bridge. We’ve also placed the NE channel wall, base/intermediate paving, granite curbs, Wyoming Rail on Maine Avenue, and miscellaneous electrical for lighting. We erected Steel and are getting ready for a mid-October shutdown for 30 days.

By |2020-09-16T15:36:10+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|

TEMPORARY SHUTDOWN

In view of the current and anticipated risks associated with the COVID-19 virus, we have decided that Friday April 10 Reed & Reed will discontinue construction operations for at least 2 weeks in order to provide for maximum protection of our employees during what is projected to be the peak level of infections.
All employees will receive full pay and benefits for the duration of the shutdown. No one will be laid off or furloughed.
These are extraordinary and unprecedented times that require extraordinary actions by all of us. As a company, Reed & Reed understands the worry and concerns you all have about COVID-19. We understand and share your concerns about the safety and well-being of your families. We also know that without you, our employee-owners, we cannot accomplish anything. We are taking this extraordinary action to shut-down all work because your health and safety is our number one priority. Period.
By |2020-04-07T15:07:03+00:00April 7th, 2020|

I-91 Bridge Replacement – Rockingham, VT

The new south bound bridge (Phase 2) of the $44 million I-91 Rockingham VT Bridge Replacement Project is underway.  The new north bound bridge (Phase 1) is now carrying NB & SB traffic of Vermont I-91 over the Williams River.

The new 880-foot-long bridges are 4-span structures, with spliced concrete beams and concrete bridge decks.  The bridge decks are 130 ft. above the Williams River.  This project is Reed & Reed’s first ever spliced concrete beam bridge.  The beam structure consists of five runs of 7 individual concrete beams that were installed on temporary support framework, aligned and held in position with thirty steel strong backs.  Cast in place concrete closures were placed between the ends of the beams and then three, 19 strand tendons running from abutment to abutment were installed and tensioned.  Crews will be grouting the tendon and working on the concrete deck and barrier for the south bound bridge.  Work is expected to complete this season.  Once the new SB bridge is open, the temporary crossovers will be removed and traffic restored fully in both directions.

By |2020-04-07T14:47:46+00:00April 6th, 2020|

Weaver Wind Project

After years of planning and permitting, work is finally underway at the Weaver site in Hancock County, Maine.  As Engineer-Procure-Construct (EPC) contractor, Reed & Reed’s scope includes installing 22 Vestas V126, 3.45MW turbines on 116.5-meter towers, all sitework, construction of a new Operations and Maintenance facility, overhead and underground electrical/fiber collection systems and 34.5/115kV electrical substation.

These towers are among the tallest in the Americas with the hub height at 382 feet and the blade tips reaching some 585 feet.  They will compliment similar towers at the nearby Hancock Wind project which Reed & Reed built in 2016 and the adjacent Bull Hill Wind Project, also built by Reed & Reed, in 2012.

The first turbine deliveries begin in February and will continue into the spring, weather and road conditions permitting.  Final completion and commercial operation for this $150 million project are scheduled for late 2020.

By |2019-12-16T13:07:27+00:00December 16th, 2019|

Reed & Reed installs Submarine Transmission Line in NY

Reed & Reed crews have completed installing two new submarine power cables under Seneca Lake in upstate New York.  The cables are each 16,000 feet long and lay on the lake bottom where water depths reach 600 feet.  Near shore where the water is shallow the cables were installed in trenches and backfilled.  Reed & Reed’s work also included installing new riser structures and switches on both the east and west sides of Seneca Lake where the new lines come ashore.  Fiber optic data and communications lines were also installed as part of the project scope.

Once the new cables were installed and energized Reed & Reed removed four existing cables that followed the same route but were installed in the 1940s.  The new cables are a significant upgrade to the local transmission grid and increase reliability as well as adding back-up capacity.

The project was years in the planning stages.  The new submarine cables were manufactured for Reed & Reed to exacting specifications by the Kerite Company, cabled together and armored in Florida, and delivered to the area by rail on a 150,000-pound cable reel that Reed & Reed loaded onto its barge for the trips across the lake.

Increasingly challenging fall weather in the Finger Lakes region forced the cable laying barge into safe harbor at times but the Reed & Reed crews found calm water work windows in which to install the new lines.  Hats off to the entire Reed & Reed project crew.

By |2019-12-04T21:19:10+00:00December 4th, 2019|