There is a lot of big, heavy work going on at the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge Replacement Project on the Piscataqua River between Kittery, Maine and Portsmouth, New Hampshire – one massive new bridge is under construction while a massive old adjacent bridge is being torn down at the same time. The Cianbro team is on schedule with crane picks that are each more than 100 tons of precast concrete segments coming off the water to form the lift towers of the new bridge. Work is also proceeding smoothly on erecting the vehicle bridge segments and the railroad bridge. It’s no wonder that Cianbro Senior Project Manager Kaven Philbrook calls the team’s latest safety milestone, “a heck of an achievement, considering where we are in the project.”
On October 3rd, 2016, Senator Susan Collins and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx visited the jobsite of the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge which spans the Piscataqua River between Kittery, Maine and Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The project is unique and important, not only for the states of Maine and New Hampshire, but also for the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. The shipyard performs major repairs on nuclear powered submarines and is a strategic part of the Navy’s organization. The Sarah Long Bridge carries the rail connection between the shipyard and the rest of the nation, and it is important that the rail line is operational and is supporting the needs of the shipyard.
After 573 days on the job, Cianbro team members at the Sarah Long Bridge project have surpassed 200,000 hours without a recordable injury.