Major Rehab of Connecticut’s Largest Bridge

Gold Star Bridge Rehabilitation

  • Gold Star Bridge
  • Gold Star Bridge

Connecticut’s largest bridge structure, the Gold Star Bridge, carries I-95 Northbound over the Thames River. The structure consists of 34 spans including the main three-span continuous segment over the river, a total length of 5,930 linear feet (1.2 miles long), more than 506,000 SF of deck area, and provides an 80-foot curb-curb roadway.

PRIME was engaged to provide structural engineering services to analyze, evaluate, and develop rehabilitation methods to strengthen the bridge to carry present-day design and permit loads, and to facilitate the continued safe and reliable use of the bridge long term.

As part of the concept study, PRIME was tasked with preparing a report outlining various options to rehabilitate, strengthen, and/or replace the bridge. A traffic capacity analysis for the bridge and its approaches was also performed and several possible maintenance and protection of traffic (MPT) plans were presented.

In the end, a major rehabilitation of the current structure option, and a 3-stage MPT plan were accepted by Connecticut Department of Transportation.

Project Details

Owner:

Connecticut Department of Transportation

Location:

Groton-New London, CT

Markets:
34
spans
5k+
linear-feet in length

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Project Details

Owner:

Connecticut Department of Transportation

Location:

Groton-New London, CT

Markets: