The $9.4 million 2012 Stillwater Viaduct Rehabilitation of the 80-year-old Rte. 116 bridge over the Woonasquatucket River has won the Best Rehabilitated Bridge award from the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute.
“Maintaining the look of the old bridge was very important to the owner,” said Bharat Patel, Vanasse Hangen Brustlin’s engineer of record for the project, according to a release on the PCI's website. They preserved the bridge's features with precast concrete, finishing a month ahead of schedule.
The project is also a contender for the America’s Transportation Awards competition.
According to the RIDOT's entry for that award, the bridge had been identified by RIDOT as “severely deteriorated". The precast process also saved the RIDOT $110,000 and winnowed what would have been a three-year conventional project down to seven months.