I-91 Bridge Replacement Begins
On Tuesday, July 24th, there was a well attended public meeting on the design, engineering and pre-construction of Bridge 9 on I-91 that spans the West River. It was exciting to see this project so close to the actual construction phase. The development process for this project was compressed, but at the request of the WRC, VTrans allowed public involvement and input into the aesthetics of the bridge design.
This began with a public meeting about bridge design preferences last summer, which was followed by the creation of the Aesthetic Evaluation Committee. Comprised of Windham Regional Commissioners, representatives from the Towns of Brattleboro and Dummerston, an abutter and a representative from the Brattleboro Arts Council, their participation has been invaluable. Over the course of 10 months they were involved in developing design criteria to include in the Request for Proposals, meeting with the Design-Build Teams and scoring each of the Proposals. VTrans and the PCL/FIGG Design-Build firm asked that the members of the committee continue to provide input on remaining bridge design details. The overall construction progress can be followed at: www.I91BrattleboroBridge.com. You can also “LIKE” the Windham Regional Commission on Facebook for news about traffic management during bridge construction and other updates.