Skanska wins $106m contract to replace viaduct in Rhode Island

WCN Editorial Team 18 Sep 2020 NORTH AMERICA TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Skanksa in joint venture with Manafort Brothers, has secured a contract from the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) for the replacement of an elevated section of Providence Viaduct Bridge on Interstate 95 (I-95).

The total contract is worth $212m and Skanska’s portion of the contract is worth $106m. The design and build project will be located in the downtown of Providence and is expected to optimise traffic by replacing the viaduct and associated ramp and overpass structures.

As part of the contract, Skanska will demolish and construct a new viaduct along with several other services including bridge preservation, roadway reconstruction, etc.

The Providence Viaduct includes the Woonasquatucket River, Amtrak Northeast Corridor, city roads, and interchange ramps.

Providence I-95 Viaduct Northbound project will replace the 1,295ft long northbound section of the Providence Viaduct Bridge which carries I-95 over several local roads and highway ramps, Amtrak's Northeast Corridor and the Woonasquatucket River.

The I-95 section is claimed to carry more than 220,000 vehicles every day and is considered to be the busiest section of the interstate road in the state.

The overall project not only includes the replacement of the viaduct, but will also include the reconstruction of 11 bridges in total, many of which are critical in terms of safety.

The 11 bridges which will be replaced or rebuild include the Smith Street Bridge, Route 146 Bridge over I-95, Atwells Avenue on-ramp to I-95 North, the ramp from the Route 6/10 Connector to I-95 North, the ramp from Memorial Boulevard to I-95 North

An early design of the Providence Viaduct Northbound included the reuse of the bridge to accommodate traffic during construction, but the winning proposal from Skanska Manafort joint venture included a solution that is claimed to save a year of time and nearly $1m in terms of upgrading the old span for temporary use.

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Skanska to build viaduct on Interstate-95 in Rhode Island. (Credit: Unsplash/Charles Eugene.)

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