The Utah Department of Transport in US has selected Michael Baker for three design/build bridge replacement/rehabilitation projects in the state.

The $1.1m design build contract is a part of three projects worth $13m funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The projects involve the replacement of six decks on Interstate 15 bridges near Payson, Interstate 80 over Echo Junction bridges in Summit County and Interstate 80 over 2300 East bridges in Salt Lake City.

Accelerated bridge construction methods which involve precast bridge design elements and construction of the new structure near the existing bridge will be employed in all the three projects.

The replacement of 2300 East bridges and Echo Junction will be done by sliding the new bridges into place while Payson deck uses precast deck panels.

The project work is expected to be completed by 2009.