I-95 Viaduct Project | Providence, RI
The ICE 18ZR Vibratory Driver/Extractor with their 350E Power Unit is in action driving steel piles for the Providence Viaduct Project for I-95. The project consists of the replacement of I-95 Providence Viaduct, a 1,290-foot bridge that carries I-95 through the heart of Providence, Rhode Island. The project includes replacing the existing structure by constructing two new independent bridge structures and rebuilding the adjacent ramp structures north and south of the viaduct. Initial tasks involve the driving of piles and sheeting into the ground. RIDOT is beginning with a test program to drive piles to ensure their stability. It is upon these piles that the Department will build the footings for the piers that will support the new bridge. The replacement structure will consist of 1,290-foot long continuous steel girder spans supporting a reinforced concrete deck. The new concrete piers and abutments will be supported on steel piles. The steel sheeting piles are being driven for earth retention for new footings. Each bridge structure will be constructed to accommodate at least four 12-foot lanes of traffic to provide adequate capacity during construction and for future maintenance activities. This project is in its beginning stages starting in June 2013 with expected completion of November 2018.