Walsh Construction to Rehabilitate Waterbury Mixmaster Bridges
WATERBURY, CONN. – The Connecticut Department of Transportation has awarded Walsh Construction a $153 million contract to rehabilitate the Waterbury Mixmaster, a series of intersecting bridges connecting Interstate 84 and Route 8 in downtown Waterbury.
The Mixmaster is currently in need of rehabilitation due to deteriorating concrete decks, corroded bearings and joints, section loss in its girders and cracking in critical, non-redundant structures. Walsh Construction will repair the concrete decks and resurface them with a waterproof membrane, reinforce the concrete piers, and replace the existing metal bridge rails with a concrete parapet, and install new overhead signage.
One of the ten bridges’ concrete decks, the Route 8 bridge, will be completely replaced. Walsh will build three temporary bridges to divert traffic off the northbound side of Route 8. This will allow for minimal closures and disruptions to motorists during construction.
The overhaul project is expected to begin in May 2018. Once complete, the Mixmaster’s lifespan will be extended by 25 years.