The La Grua Center Arts & Culture Series will be hosting a presentation about the recent project replacing and increasing the clearance of Stonington's two train bridges on Thursday, January 17th at 6 pm.
This educational presentation by the engineering firm Modjeski and Masters, representatives from Amtrak, and local officials, will include before and after photos, as well as a short video "The Fast Track," filmed in Stonington, about the accelerated construction techniques applied.
A critical link along Amtrak's Northeast Corridor, Stonington's two century-old train bridges facilitate heavy commuter traffic between New York and Boston. To minimize disruption to traffic, replacing the bridges had to be done over the course of a single weekend. Working closely with Amtrak and Cianbro, the bridge contractor, the engineering firm Modjeski and Masters developed the designs, which provided an additional two feet of clearance and laid the groundwork for a quick transition.
The team will lead a discussion on the general design and construction process, and how they considered present and future needs and concerns of the surrounding community. Hear first-hand about the challenges and design considerations of transitioning these important historical structures to the next century.
This event is free and open to all.
Seating is limited, please arrive early.