The next several months will be very busy on all fronts for Renaud Bros., the contractor selected by VTrans to replace the US 5 Bridge in Algiers Village, Guilford. Specific activities will include:

The big picture of what’s happening here is that the contractor is building the new bridge off site close to the existing bridge. Four separate pieces (bridge units comprised of reinforced concrete, each weighing about 178,000 pounds) will be fully constructed at the church, moved to the bridge site and then connected with concrete.

Renaud’s Subcontractor, Manosh, is drilling for the pre-excavation of driven pile for Abutment 1, located on the south side of Broad Brook. This will be followed by pile installation.

Renaud Bros. will install the decking/shielding under the existing bridge structure to catch debris during the demolition of the existing bridge. They also will be building the emergency/worker access crossing along the west side of the existing structure.

Roadway work is expected to begin early July which will involve the removal of existing pavement along US Rte. 5 and side roads. Dense graded crushed stone will replace the asphalt that is removed.

Motorists are advised to proceed SLOWLY through the work zone and watch for flaggers. There will be one-way alternating traffic on Route 5 during daylight hours to facilitate the installation of piles for a bridge abutment and miscellaneous roadway construction.

Please drive with care through the construction zone. It is illegal in Vermont to use any handheld portable electronic devices while driving. The law carries fines of up to $200 with points assessed if the violation occurs in a work zone.

Of note:

  • A new date has been set for the bridge to close – Wednesday, July 12 at 7 AM. The contractor has 28 days to complete the work and re-open by August 9.
  • To discourage through traffic on Broad Brook Road while the Route 5 Bridge is closed, concrete barriers with a 12-foot opening will be placed by the Town of Vernon at the entrance to the road.
  • The Guilford Fire District has been provided a bay at LaRock’s Construction to park a fire truck to respond to emergencies south of the bridge during the period the bridge will be closed. Fire personnel who live in the south section of town needing access to the fire station located north of the bridge will be able to cross Broad Brook using a footbridge provided by the contractor or, once the bridge units have been set, on the bridge itself while it is under construction.
  • The contractor plans to take a long July holiday weekend and will not work July 1-4.