Contractor crews use a crane to set the beams over the Pomme de Terre River.

Progress is being made on the Highway 55 bridge replacement near Barrett. The beams arrived in late July, a month behind schedule due to COVID-19 shutdowns that delayed the beam supplier’s operations and deliveries. But work is now full-steam ahead to construct the bridge and reopen the roadway.

The beams were set the day they arrived, and crews got straight to work to form up the bridge deck. On August 7, 13 trucks brought in more than 125 cubic yards of concrete for the bridge deck.

As crews wait for the concrete to cure, they’re working on approach panels and railing, and prepping the roadway on the west and east side of the bridge site for resurfacing. The schedule has been adjusted to reflect the unforeseen delays, and the contractor has until Sept. 9 to complete the project. However, as long as the weather and schedules align, the DOT remains hopeful that the bridge will reopen by Labor Day.


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