Parking to be restricted near bridge construction

As girders begin to be delivered for the Hudson Street bridge project, parking spaces on south Bullard Street will be restricted sporadically for about two weeks.

During a public forum on Wednesday evening, Brian Pollock, Interstate Highway Construction project manager, said parking on the west side of sections of south Bullard Street will be restricted throughout the days that girders are delivered.

Pollock said the parking will not be constantly blocked off, but it could be at any time during the two weeks of girder delivery, which begins Tuesday.

Pollock said it is necessary to block off parking to accommodate the extra-long trucks delivering the girders, to facilitate turning those monsters in there.

Girders will be delivered to both the top of the bridge on both ends which will cause a temporary closure of the construction viewing areas as well as to the bottom.

Pollock said he and his team have looked at every single way to try to get girders delivered to the bottom without causing too much disturbance in traffic and parking downtown, but there is just no other way to do it.

In 12 years, this is the toughest one Ive seen, Pollock said.

As the girders are brought in over the two weeks beginning Sept. 22, Interstate Highway Construction will install them with two cranes, one from the top and one from below the bridge. By the time the last shipment of girders arrives, according to Pollock, the girder installation chapter of the bridge construction should be nearly complete.

In order to stay within the towns noise ordinance, Pollack said, construction will be going seven days a week from dawn until dusk.

The first couple days are miserable, but it gets better after that, he said. Its relatively normal construction from here on out were just working seven days a week.

However, Pollock said there has been a slight bump in the road.

Initially, between seven and 10 girders were supposed to be delivered from Albuquerque each day. Instead, Pollock said, Interstate Highway Construction will receive only five per day. He said the change should not hinder construction, and still expects traffic to be flowing over the bridge by late December.

Public meetings about the bridge are held every third Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. at the Grant County Administration Center in the Grant County Commission Chambers. The next meeting is scheduled for Oct. 21.

STEWART McCLINTIC

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