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.