Officials say work to remove a 120-foot portion of a bridge being replaced that fell into the Winooski River could be hampered this week by heavy rains.
Half of the Route 2 bridge between Middlesex and Waterbury had been disconnected from the abutment and the concrete pier and was floating on barges tethered by steel cables – in preparation for its removal – when heavy rains caused the water to rise Sunday night.
Vermont Agency of Transportation spokesman John Zicconi says the high water washed the four barges out from underneath the bridge, causing it to tip over and fall into the river.
No one was hurt.
Despite the forecast for heavy rains this week, CCS Constructors of Morrisville, which plans to cut up the bridge and remove it by crane, doesn’t expect the mishap to delay the project.