General Construction Information

Updates regarding the Bridge St. Infrastructure Replacement Project are posted on this page. This will be a significant project replacing both water and storm water lines. The work will disrupt both traffic and parking on Bridge St. Updates will be posted on this page throughout the course of the project.

 

Update as of July 10, 2020:

  • Monday, July 13: Planned Water Outage for Some Customers
    • The contractor is planning on making the interconnections for the new water line on Monday, July 13.
    • The following water customers will be without water on Monday, July 13:
      • Customers on Bridge St. from Jolina Ct. south to one house over the bridge
      • Customers on Esplanade St. and Church St.
    • Customers on Jolina Ct. and Railroad St. will not be affected by this outage.
    • Customers who are going to lose water are advised to stock up on bottled water and keep a few jugs of water on hand to refill toilets after use.
  • Monday, July 13 – Friday, July 17
    • The contractor will focus on restoring sidewalks and pavement over the entire project on Bridge St.
    • Traffic will often be reduced to one lane
    • Some sidewalks will be closed at times
  • Additional updates concerning the next phase of construction will be forthcoming.

Due to COVID 19, there are strict guidelines in place for the total number of people that are allowed to be on the job site.  We anticipate that the lack of formal school may bring with it the likelihood of curious children wanting to get outside and visit the construction sites.   We are asking the public to please be aware of the dangers and keep children away from the construction areas and workers so we can ensure everyone’s safety during the project.

If you have any questions please email Town Manager Josh Arneson at jarneson@richmondvt.gov or call 802-434-5170.

Sign up for Email Updates

If you would like to be added to an email distribution list to receive updates on the project via email please email jarneson@richmondvt.gov with the subject line “Add me to the Bridge St. email list.”

 

Video Descriptions of the Project

This project was discussed in detail at two recent public meetings.

On April 6, 2020 there was a presentation to the Richmond Selectboard. Watch that video here: https://archive.org/details/richmondselectbd040620excerpt

On April 7, 2020 there was a presentation to local business owners. This is similar to the Selectboard presentation but with a few more details. (note, the recoding starts a couple of minutes into the presentation but captures the main substance in the presentation): https://archive.org/details/richmondbridgestinfo040720

 

Parking During Construction 

There is a parking plan in place which provides for more two-hour parking in the core village area around Bridge Street. Demand for parking is currently low due to the “Stay Home. Stay Safe.” Order, therefore the overflow parking area planned for Brown’s Ct. will not be set up at this time. If demand for parking increases during the project, that area will be set up for parking.  Stay tuned for weekly construction updates.

Here is a link to a document detailing the parking plan during construction: Parking Plan for Bridge St. Infrastructure Project 4-28-20

 

Summary of the Project

The Town or Richmond will be commencing work on the following three projects in the spring and summer of 2020
1. Bridge St. bridge waterline crossing
2. Upper Bridge St. waterline replacement
3. Upper Bridge St. storm water drain replacement

The bridge crossing project consists of replacing the existing waterline that runs underneath the Bridge St. bridge with a more durable material and re-positioning it to a more protected location under the bridge. This is to prevent damage that may occur when the river runs high and debris could damage the line.

The upper Bridge St. project has been in the planning phase since 2007. The project is necessary to replace failing infrastructure, the failure of which would create a catastrophic situation. The total project consists of two projects 1) replacing the 50 year old asbestos cement water main 2) replacing the storm water drain which has mostly failed at this point. The upper Bridge St. section runs from the traffic light down to just below the railroad tracks for the waterline and just above the railroad tracks for the storm water drain.

If the Town completes the waterline projects by Sept. of 2020, there will be a 50% subsidy off of the total cost of the projects through income sensitivity as calculated for Federal Fiscal Year 2018 (FFY18). There will be no interest on this loan and it will be a 40 year term. If the project is not completed by the end of Sept. of 2020 the FFY18 income data would no longer apply and the income sensitivity subsidy would be lost. Thus, the project would then be more expensive.

On upper Bridge St., portions of the existing water line are under the proposed storm water line, so it makes sense to do both projects at the same time. There will be savings on the excavation since they will only have to disturb the area once to complete both projects.