Memorial Drive: Bridge

First Three Sections of Rosemont Bridge Successfully Installed

Memorial Drive between Waugh and Bagby reopened Saturday evening at 6:00 p.m. when the first three sections of Rosemont Bridge were successfully installed ahead of schedule. Three 30,000 to 40,000 pound beams arrived by truck early Saturday morning. The sections were installed on the north bank of Buffalo Bayou with one section spanning Memorial Drive. Additional sections will be installed over the next 2 weekends. Once the beams are all in place, contractors will begin the installation of the bridge’s floor, deck slab, electrical, lighting and hand rails.

The Rosemont Bridge’s anticipated completion date is January 2011. When completed the new bridge will give neighborhoods north of Memorial Drive easy access to the Bayou and provide access to the new Memorial Drive jogging trail which runs from Sabine Street to Spotts Park.

Additional scheduled lane closure dates are as follows:

* Saturday, October 23, 2010 – Northbound Lane Closure: Studemont Bridge. One section of the bridge (widest) will be delivered and offloaded from Studemont Bridge and placed onto the South Bank of Buffalo Bayou.

* Wednesday, October 27, 2010 – Lane Closure: Studemont Exit Ramp from Allen Parkway. Two sections of Rosemont Bridge will be delivered and erected on South Bank of Buffalo Bayou.

* Thursday, October 28, 2010 – Lane Closure: Studemont Exit Ramp from Allen Parkway. Three sections of the bridge will be delivered and erected on South Bank of Buffalo Bayou. Four sections of the bridge will be installed, one that was previously delivered on Saturday, October 23, and the three sections delivered on this date.

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