THE Q VIEW

The new Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge, also known as the "Q" Bridge, is under construction spanning the Quinnipiac River in New Haven. At left is the Tomlinson lift bridge and at right is the existing bridge. With the lift bridge up, an oyster boat makes it's way upriver under the bridges.

The interchange for I-91 and I-95 in New Haven has been a mess for a long time. It seems like the area has been under construction for our entire lives. Making my way to the top of one of the concrete piers allowed me to get an idea of what is actually happening there. The climb inside the narrow column was difficult but the when I emerged from the top, the view was worth it. Looking at the new “Q” bridge, the old bridge and the city of New Haven from 75 feet brought the  massive project into focus. Now it makes sense. The new bridge is nearing completion and traffic should be routed onto it by this summer. Then the old bridge will be demolished in stages and another bridge matching the new one will be built in it’s place creating ultimately ten lanes of traffic in both directions. Traffic has to continue flowing during the years of construction making the construction a complex puzzle. The entire project should be completed by 2015.

Ghazi Alsaqri, a DOT Project Engineer, looks up at the massive cables holding up the new bridge while climbing inside one of the bridge columns which rises 75′ off the bridge deck. The extradosed cable stayed bridge is the first to be built in the United States. The hole at right will hold the cables for the new bridge to built alongside.

 

The new construction is the first extradosed cable stayed bridge to be built in this country and is supported by these massive cables.

 

Ghazi Alsaqri, a DOT Project Engineer, looks at the massive cables holding up the new bridge while standing atop one of the bridge columns which rises 75' off the bridge deck. The extradosed cable stayed bridge is the first to be built in the United States. At left is the Tomlinson lift bridge and at right is the existing Q Bridge.

The last gap of the new Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge, also known as the "Q" Bridge, is about to be closed with steel and concrete as construction continues to the new span across the Quinnipiac River in New Haven and, when completed, will handle I-95 traffic which is now on the existing Q bridge at right. The new construction is the first extradosed cable stayed bridge to be built in this country and is supported by massive cables.

 

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