By Tom Kreidel, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Mid-Atlantic Public Affairs
NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command Mid-Atlantic awarded a $14 million contract for structural repairs to Bridge 1 at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard to Cianbro Corp. of Pittsfield, Maine, Sept. 17.
According to Ian Bodwell, Public Works Department Maine, the bridge repair work will replace the superstructure of the bridge, which was originally built in 1918. The new design will protect the superstructure from deicing chemicals and it will have a metalized coating rather than a traditional paint system.
"Vital structural improvements to the bridge will minimize maintenance and associated costs," said Bodwell. "The new superstructure will have improved sightlines, which will improve vehicular and pedestrian safety as well."
Bridge 1 provides primary access to the base and is one of only two bridges connecting the shipyard, which is located on an island, to Kittery, Maine. In addition, Bridge 1 provides rail access essential to support the shipyard's mission.
"The 100 year-old bridge renovation at Gate 1 is a critical infrastructure improvement for the shipyard," said Shipyard Commander, Capt. William Greene. "With quality of life enhancements such as a pedestrian walkway and bike lane, in addition to the improved solid surface concrete vehicle deck, the new bridge is designed to be a commuter friendly throughway well into the future."
The project is slated to begin in the next few months and take approximately two years to complete.