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New Rice Avenue bridge gets concrete support
New Rice Avenue bridge gets concrete support

As construction continues on the Rice Avenue/Santa Clara Avenue Interchange project, there are definite signs that the new bridge overpass is beginning to take its true shape. On Friday, September 30, work crews will pour concrete for the bridge’s stem and soffit (below the future bridge deck). This work will start at 6:30 AM and is expected to end at approximately 3 PM.

“What's new are the two cranes that will be dangling hoses high in the air on either side of the wooden bridge supports on Friday,” said Cynthia Daniels, Project Manager. “The concrete pour is an important milestone that means the bridge is ready for its final shape,” added Daniels. “Concrete will be poured in stages over the next few months, like a multi-layer cake, and the first of the two bridges should be open to traffic in January 2012,” said Daniels.

While no lane or road closures will be necessary during this work, construction crews are asking motorists to always be extra cautious when driving through the construction area.

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