Construction has begun in preparation for a new Mendenhall River bridge that will replace Juneau’s historic Brotherhood Bridge.
Plans call for the old bridge to be removed and disposed by the end of the year.
KTOO (http://is.gd/XAmsCm) says the new, wider bridge will be able to handle an expected 50 percent increase in traffic over the next 75 years.
Work currently being done involves steel pieces that are being driven into the river bottom for a work trestle.
Senior project manager John Smithson with Orion Marine Contractors says the trestle will cross the river and serve as a platform for equipment used in constructing the replacement bridge.
State Department of Transportation engineering manager Greg Lockwood says the half-century old Brotherhood Bridge does not meet current code.
Information from: KTOO-FM, http://www.ktoo.org
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