HARTFORD, CT – BETA was recently awarded the 2018 Project Achievement Award for Infrastructure Under $25,000,000 by the Connecticut Chapter of the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) for its construction engineering and inspection role on the I-95 Pavement Preservation Project in Bridgeport and Fairfield. Significant project partners included BETA’s client, the Connecticut Department of Transportation; BETA’s sub-consultant, AI Engineers, Inc.; and the Project’s contractor, Waters Construction Company.
Under CTDOT Project #0050-0219, BETA was tasked with managing the milling and placement of a 3 mile section of I-95, including exit ramps in the Town of Fairfield and City of Bridgeport. The Project also included bridge rehabilitation, including deck and header repairs, membrane waterproofing, and asphaltic plug expansion joints, for all bridges within the project limits.
The original contract included two distinct stages, covering two construction seasons. During preconstruction, the team identified potential Stage 1 schedule and work quality risks and worked with the contractor to provide additional early inspections and investigations. As the Stage 1 construction began, the identified risks materialized into impacts and BETA’s team quantified and managed the impacts, the schedule, and budget windfalls and converted them into additional value by recommending Stage 3 be added to the project.
During this process, new technologies were successfully incorporated to establish and promote a safe worksite for workers and motorists. The team worked with CTDOT to utilize a Portable Work Zone Management System and radar speed display to improve visibility and advanced warning to the traveling public. The team also worked to utilize an unmanned aerial system (UAS) to provide visual assistance to the contractor during bridge demolition. Throughout the process, the team balanced its work schedule to accommodate nighttime construction operations with daytime decision-making throughout the three-year project.
Ultimately, an estimated $20.5M of construction value was completed for an overall cost of $15.76M, and the project was substantially completed in August of 2018 with zero OSHA recordable injuries throughout the three construction season project.
Photo courtesy of Bob Wallace Photogroup.