The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) over the weekend opened a bridge along Route 74 in Shoreham that was closed for repair in mid September. Reopening the bridge in less than seven weeks was possible due to an accelerated construction process that reduces not only the length of construction, but also reduces the cost of repair. Final repair costs are expected to run about $450,000. Repairing the bridge using more traditional construction techniques that include either erecting a temporary bridge or maintaining one lane of traffic over the bridge while it is under construction likely would have added between $100,000 to $300,000 to the cost of the project, and added as many as 12 weeks to the construction schedule. ‘Closing the bridge location to all traffic does inconvenience the public to a greater degree, but it also allows us to finish the project much more quickly and at a significant cost savings,’ said VTrans Secretary Brian Searles. ‘The accelerated construction process is not the best choice in all locations. But as transportation funding becomes tighter, we will be looking for more opportunities to use this technique so that we can stretch our dollars and repair as many deficient bridges as possible.’ The Shoreham bridge, which was closed on September 20, 2011, had significant deck repair needs, including full-depth holes that caused the bridge to be closed, in an emergency fashion, for several days in the spring. The holes were covered with a steel plate, which allowed the bridge to remain open until long-term repairs could be conducted. Reopening the bridge, which was closed as part of VTrans’ regular bridge construction program and not as a result of Tropical Storm Irene, eliminates a 20-mile detour and allows two-way traffic to flow freely along Route 74.
Lucknow, Jun 10 (PTI) With stage set for tomorrows polling for 11 Rajya Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh, for which an extra candidate is in the fray, leaders of all major parties today took stock of their numbers as the possibility of cross voting loomed large. 34 first preference votes are needed for the victory of a candidate. In the 403-member Assembly, SP has 229 MLAs, BSP 80, BJP 41 and Congress 29. The rest belong to small parties or are Independents who hold the key. Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD), which has eight MLAs, has promised to transfer its votes to Samajwadi Party and Congress. Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has 80 MLAs and with 34 first preference votes needed for the victory of a candidate, the party can easily ensure success of its two nominees with 12 votes to spare. Mayawati has, however, kept the suspense over which way her 12 surplus MLAs will vote in Rajya Sabha biennial polls, saying the results will show the voting pattern. “Whom we have supported, whom we have not supported, everything will be clear when the results come out,” she told reporters yesterday when asked which way the 12 MLAs will go. BSP has fielded Satish Chandra Mishra and Ashok Sidharth. BJP has fielded Shiv Pratap Shukla whose victory is certain. The nomination of social worker Preeti Mahapatra, who forced a contest by jumping in the fray as an Independent, was proposed by 16 BJP MLAs, rebel SP MLAs and some members of smaller parties and Independents. BJP will be left with 7 surplus votes which might go to Mahapatra, who will have to manage a chunk of votes for win. Ruling Samajwadi Party has fielded seven candidates but its seventh candidate is short of nine first-preference votes. On the other hand, Congress, which has 29 MLAs, needs five more votes for victory of its candidate and former Union minister Kapil Sibal, who now feels comfortable with RLDs backing. Rajya Sabha candidates in the fray are — Amar Singh, Beni Prasad Verma, Kuwar Rewati Raman Singh, Vishambhar Prasad Nishad, Sukhram Singh Yadav, Sanjay Seth and Surendra Nagar (all SP), Satish Chandra Mishra and Ashok Sidharth (both BSP), Kapil Sibal (Cong), Shiv Pratap Shukla (BJP) and Preeti Mahapatra (Ind). PTI SMI RGadvertisement