Bridge Projects

Rochester VT 73 Bridge 16

Rochester Bridge 16 - BRF 0162(17)


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Project Location

VT 73 Bridge 16 is located in the Town of Rochester in Windsor County on VT 73 at the crossing of Corporation Brook. The bridge is located approximately 2.5 miles west of the intersection of VT 73 and VT 100.

Project Objective

VT 73 Bridge 16 project will replace the existing bridge which is in deteriorated condition and has a functionally obsolete width.

Existing Conditions

The existing bridge is a single span, two-lane bridge with a curb-to-curb distance of 20’-0”. The existing bridge, which was constructed in 1929, consists of cast-in-place concrete T-beams with a cast-in-place concrete deck and a bituminous concrete surface. The bridge requires replacement due to its deteriorated condition, inadequate hydraulic capacity, potential for scour, poor channel alignment and functionally obsolete width.

Bridge Design

The new bridge will be a Precast Prestressed Concrete NEXT Beam Bridge with integral abutments and rock anchors. This bridge type was selected based on the shorter time required to replace the bridge, which would minimize disturbance to the public, and for its relatively lower construction cost and simpler construction.

Detour Route

During construction, traffic will be rerouted onto Route 100/Route 125/Route 7.

Driving Directions

From East Drive 2.5 miles east on RT 73. Turn left on VT 100 and drive 5 miles north. Turn left onto RT 125 in Hancock (The Old Hancock Hotel is at this intersection). Follow RT 125 for approximately 16 miles into East Middlebury. Turn left on to Route 7 south for 13 miles will take you back to VT 73 West.

From the West Drive 14.5 miles west on VT 73 to Brandon Village. Take RT 7 north for 13 miles, RT 125 west for 16 miles, and 5 miles south on VT 100. Turn right on to VT 73 and drive 2.5 miles west.

Target Construction Schedule

VTrans reopened Rochester Bridge 16 on July 28th, 8 hours ahead of schedule. The bridge was replaced in less than 52 hours. Traffic will be restricted to alternating one-way traffic during workdays, controlled by flaggers. During night time hours, traffic will be controlled with a traffic signal.


The Contractor for VT 73 Bridge 16 is W. M. Schultz Construction, Inc.


The four bridge projects in Rochester (VT 73 Bridge 13, VT 73 Bridge 15, VT 73 Bridge 16, and VT 73 Bridge 19) are being completed as a single construction project. Bids were opened on October 25, 2013 and the low bidder was W. M. Schultz Construction, Inc. at $6.4 million.