I just finished reading the article about replacing the Ticonic Bridge in Waterville and I was very surprised on how long it will take. I am not an engineer, but why does it take four-plus years to replace a 575-foot bridge?

The Golden Gate Bridge in California is 4,200 feet long and took four years to complete. The Zakim Bridge in Boston is 1,420 feet long and took three-and-a-half years. The Empire State Building in New York City is 1,250 tall and only took one year and 45 days to complete almost 90 years ago, when the technology and equipment was ancient compared to today’s.

This is a huge inconvenience for thousands of people for a long time. Are there any incentives for Cianbro to complete this project in less than four years? Working nights and weekends would move things along at a faster pace.


Donald Fournier


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