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Aetna Bridge Company founder, Hugo R. Mainelli, Sr.

Aetna Bridge Company was founded in 1945 by Hugo R. Mainelli, Sr. a native of Rhode Island. Mr. Mainelli attended Rhode Island State College (now the University of Rhode Island) where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in civil and environmental engineering. After working for one of Rhode Island’s largest highway and bridge contractors at that time, the entrepreneurial Mainelli endeavored to start his own company with a good friend and colleague. Under their leadership, Aetna Bridge Company grew and prospered due to hard work and an unwavering commitment to integrity, quality and excellence.

Today, over 70 years later, Aetna Bridge Company is an acknowledged leader in bridge construction and rehabilitation, marine construction and demolition services. The company provides quality comprehensive construction services throughout New England to various state highway departments, cities, towns, private developers and port authorities. Aetna Bridge has also worked for and collaborated with many consulting engineering firms. Since 1945, the company has successfully completed over 1,400 bridge projects.

Aetna Bridge Company is still owned and managed today by the Mainelli family, with Hugo R. Mainelli, Jr., son of the founder, as CEO, and Chip Mainelli and Mark Mainelli, grandsons of the founder, as President and Vice President, respectively.

Aetna Bridge Company is committed to providing the highest levels of customer service and quality construction to its clients, ensuring a safe and secure place to work, creating partnerships with its subcontractors and vendors to improve quality and lower costs, and maintaining the highest levels of integrity, professionalism, and ethics. Aetna Bridge Company has a full complement of aerial, marine, demolition, concrete placement, and excavation equipment. Our warehouse facility is stocked with bridge repair materials and equipment including: structural steel beams and tubing, timber cribbing, shielding materials, traffic control equipment, forklifts, Bid-Well concrete finishing machine, aerial lifts, light towers, generators, and compressors. All of Aetna Bridge’s project managers are degreed civil engineers and have at least ten years of field experience. These qualities give us the ability to technically collaborate with design engineers and consultants. Our foremen and work crews are experienced and knowledgeable in all phases of bridge construction and repair. Our experience, know-how, and resources allow us to tackle the most challenging bridge construction projects.

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