The Fall River Interchange Improvement Project involved incredible vision and planning to bring the multi-year, phased project to completion. The new $200 million Route 79 / I-195 Connector was one of five “Mega Projects” that were part of the State’s $3 billion Accelerated Bridge Program to upgrade or replace over 200 bridges in eight years.
Economical and fast to install
The many bridges, ramps and roadways required retaining wall solutions that were economical and fast to install. That’s why Vist-A-Wall MSE Structural Wall Systems from Big R Bridge were selected.
In true Design-Build fashion, collaboration was key
Teamwork and good communication simplified the various challenges on this Design-Build initiative. Project lead, Barletta Heavy Division, had set a very aggressive schedule. To ensure critical wall construction milestones were met, Big R worked closely with evolving plans from the project designer, VHB, to keep wall designs.
Excavation unearths unique foundation challenges
The site around Fall River’s historic waterfront district had been used in different capacities for centuries — as evidenced by the different building materials and old stone cobbles discovered during excavation. We collaborated with a local geotechnical engineer to ensure our solution would work as planned on this irregular foundation.
Complex geometries of the early project sections needed to be designed to accommodate yet-to-be-planned sections. Outside-of-the-box thinking by our Vist-A-Walls Engineering Team provided the flexibility to tie these segments together.
Big R offered onsite technical assistance at the start of wall construction and periodically throughout the extended project cycle. A successful project outcome and a close relationship with Barletta has opened doors to exploring other work together.
The FHWA-Invest-Platinum-Certified environmental design has also helped to reconnect the community to its waterfront park areas with fewer barriers and more pedestrian/cycle access routes.