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Bridge replacement finishes ahead of schedule



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(KSL News) A three-day construction project along I-215 finished up today with nearly 36 hours to spare. The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) rolled its final bridge of the Innovate-80 project into place at 3300 South around 6 p.m.

The project was originally scheduled for completion Monday morning. But UDOT says, after moving 12 of these bridges, it has gotten pretty fast at it. Mark Perry, UDOT project manager, said, "It still went pretty well. We had no major problems. Everything went well."

Interstate 215 is now back open in both directions. The 3300 South bridge will be closed for two weeks while crews connect the bridge to the road.

Here are some interesting facts about the project: - The project, one of the largest and most ambitious projects of its kind in the world, replaced 12 bridges on or near the I-80 Corridor in a period of less than two months this summer. - Innovate 80 is believed to be the fastest replacement of 12 bridges in the world. 1. The 3300 South bridge replacement was the fastest ever for a single-span structure in Utah. 2. The combined weight of the 12 bridges is 19 million pounds, the equivalent of 791 school buses, 345 snowplows, or 63 Boeing 767s. (Source: UDOT)

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