Video: Watch Southington bridges be replaced

Construction workers prepare to remove old bridges on I-84 in Southington, June 2014.
Construction workers prepare to remove old bridges on I-84 in Southington, June 2014.

SOUTHINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — If you wondered how contractors could replace two bridges on I-84 in Southington in a weekend, when other construction work seems to take forever, your answer comes in a video just posted.

A time-lapse video posted Monday by Gov. Malloy’s office shows the removal and replacement of the bridges over Marion Ave. in Southington. The highway was closed the weekend of June 28-29, and was finished ahead of schedule.

This building process is known as ‘Accelerated Bridge Construction, where new bridges are built next to the old ones, and then put into place when they’re ready. The 1:37 video shows the old bridges taken out of the way, and the new replacement bridges being rolled around and lifted into position. You see the debris cleanup, the repaving, and the lines being painted on the road.

In a statement Gov. Malloy said

“This project not only demonstrates the unprecedented investments we are making to improve and modernize our transportation infrastructure but also the steps we are taking to ensure these kinds of projects are completed ahead of schedule and with as little interruption as possible to area residents and travelers.

“By employing ABC principles, CTDOT took a creative approach to virtually eliminate what would have been many months or even years of traffic disruptions and congestion on I-84 and the local roads surrounding the project.”

Each bridge weighs 2 million pounds.

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