Repairing I-95 Viaduct

Rhodeworks Initiative 
Editor: Ashley Steele 
In a study, Rhode Island ranked last in existing bridge conditions
. Around 2016, the governor at the time started the "Rhodeworks" initiative to replace and secure deficient bridges throughout the state before they crumbled. The I-95 Viaduct is one of those bridges which will become safer and sturdier when the redesign and structural reinforcements work is completed.
 
The I-95 viaduct in Providence, Rhode Island is being rebuilt to handle close to a quarter million travelers and
transports. In 1960, I-95 was built as a critical highway for traffic and supplies to migrate through the heart of Providence, RI and into the Northeast. But at that time, it was built to handle up to 57,000 motorized vehicles daily. This so-called viaduct now manages closer to a quarter million transports in a single day placing too much strain on its initial build. This I-95 viaduct is a 1,295-foot-long section of bridge which crosses not only local roads and highway ramps but also allows travelers to avoid Amtrak's Northeast Corridor lines plus clears any obstacles like the Woonasquatucket River. 
 
Maine Drilling
& Blasting was contracted to perform some of the foundation work for this huge I-95 viaduct project. This team was chosen due to their 55-years of experience in the deep foundation industry. This team requested 2 ICE® rental units, from the ICE® Ohio Branch, to accomplish their portion of this reconstruction on schedule. Working simultaneously and keeping safety as their number one priority, the team from Maine Drilling and Blasting effortlessly did an amazing job finishing the job on schedule safely
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wo Comacchio drill rigs, owned by ICE® and available for rental were used on this major overhaul of a project, including a MC15P and a MC8D. The Comacchio MC8D was utilized under the viaduct structure to place micro piles due to the extremely low headroom in many areas. Maine Drilling & Blasting also used a specialized CPH3.3 casing manipulator enabling hands free handling of the 15-foot caissons. With an added specialty winch attachment, safety stayed in the forefront as a priority allowing for space saving measures to be executed effectively. By simply removing most of the manual handling of the pile alleviated many pinch points and blind spots for the operator and produced a safer working environment.
 

ICE® is proud to have their equipment and rental fleet working on projects that ensure the Rhodeworks Initiative of the past can become safer bridges for the future.  A huge shout-out to Maine Drilling and Blasting on magnificent work to build bridge foundations for a better tomorrow! 

Media Contact-   
Pollyanna Cunningham, MA, MBA   
Director Marketing, Brand and Media Relations   
ICE® - International Construction Equipment, Inc   
Office - 704-821-8200   
Email - marketing@iceusa.com 

Posted in Comacchio Drill Rigs. Tagged as Comacchio, Drilling, Drilling Foundations, MC15P Drill Rig, MC8D Drill Rig, Rhodeworks.

Historic Williams Brice Stadium

ICE® Comacchio Drill Rig creates mobilization improvements in historic stadium 
Editor: Ashley Steele
 
Back in 1934
, the Williams Brice Stadium, Columbia, SC was built to accommodate 17,400 spectators. The home of the University of South Carolina, Gamecocks, has been expanding ever since its conception and now accommodates more than 80,000 football fans on game day. Thanks to the most recent additions, this stadium will not only have more seating and food areas, but the new elevators and pedestrian walkway will accommodate fans with mobility challenges.
 
Contract Construction took on the first major ADA redesign improvements in 2019, after successfully completing the University's Football Operations Facility. Contract Construction understood the vital importance of getting every fan to their seats comfortably and safely. So, when it came time to install the foundation work for the new elevator shaft and pedestrian walkway, the
y turned to their partners, who are the leading experts in these highly specialized foundations, at TerraTec, Inc to ensure this was completed to perfection
TerraTec
, Inc worked with their ICE® representative to size the proper drilling equipment for this major undertaking. Both ICE
® rental units, Comacchio MC8D Drill Rig and Techniwell 822D grout plant, were selected to effectively install 25 hollow bar micropiles 50 ft into the ground. The hollow bars were enforced during the drilling process with the grout from the ICE® rental Techniwell grout plant. This robust foundation for the elevator shaft will make the elevator installation worry free for the contractor. All construction teams want fans to focus on the Gamecocks winning, not on how they will manage the stairs. With this compassion in mind, they are working round the clock during the off season to ensure timelines are met. Overall, it is comforting to know the Comacchio MC8D drill rig was reliable and enabled this project portion to be finished on time.
Three Cheers to another successfully installed foundation to enhance all gamecock fans experience.  Splendid work to the foundation experts at TerraTec, Inc. Thank you for choosing our team at ICE®.
Media Contact-   
Pollyanna Cunningham, MA, MBA   
Director Marketing, Brand and Media Relations   
ICE® - International Construction Equipment, Inc   
Office - 704-821-8200   
Email - marketing@iceusa.com 

Posted in Comacchio Drill Rigs. Tagged as 822D Grout Plant, Comacchio, Comacchio MC8D, Drilling, Gamecocks, micropiles.

ICE® Bridges the Missouri River Gap

MODOT I-70 Rocheport Bridge Replacement 
Editor: Ashley Steele
 
"The Rocheport Bridge is a Continuous two-span subdivided Warren through truss bridge over Missouri River and the Katy trail on Interstate70 (I-70), west of Columbia and south of Rocheport in Boone and Cooper County, Missouri. The I-70 Rocheport Bridge is a 3,018-foot bridge constructed in 1960 and underwent extensive rehabilitation in 1993".
According to the MODOT.org website.
When you read about the great state of Missouri, you learn very quickly that their roads and bridges maintained by the state of MO are truly center stage to the US (United States) freight movements.  This state serves as a connector holding the logistics of our nation together. "Interstate 70 is at the heart of Missouri's freight transportation system and typifies this national and regional connector role. The Rocheport Bridge provides access and alleviates the barrier created on I-70 by the Missouri River, allowing freight to move efficiently within and through the state..." to read more on this please visit https://www.modot.org/rocheport/history
From reviewing the MoDOT (Department of Transportation) website, we learn that this bridge carries a combined total of 42,000 plus vehicles daily and the estimated value of freight is about $100 billion (about $310 per person in the United States). Missouri, past, present and, as forecast, the future, will be a Freight Connector State.
So, when we say I-70 Rocheport Bridge is getting a replacement, it is no surprise. This billion-dollar economic producing bridge is getting a $240 million replacement. The new bridges will safely accommodate more than 12 million vehicles annually on two separate structures. The current bridge is in poor age-related structural condition which may result in weight limitations in coming years. Due to the crucial impact this bridge has on the economics of the USA, the replacement will come in the form of two separate bridges, each with 3 lanes of traffic. This plan will enable minimal disruption to current travelers, keeping us trucking.
Lunda was awarded the contract to replace the new I-70 Rocheport Bridge Replacement over the Missouri River by the Missouri Department of Transportation to drive the piles needed for such a massive new structure. The Lunda team reached out to us at ICE® to provide unique solutions and equipment for this monumental job. Large diameter caisson piles are being placed for the foundations of the bridge. The ICE® 110 Vibratory Pile Driver/Extractor with a specialized quad beam was installed to allow for four caisson clamps to grab the larger, heavier pipe piles. The additional clamping force assisted with prompt and easier mobility of the pipe piles.
The expert team at
Lunda knows you need different hammers for different soils. The ICE® Team is flattered to be able to provide such versatile equipment for different applications during the project. While installing major caissons with the 110 was applicable in one area.  The smaller diameter caissons and sheets needed the versatile ICE® 50B Vibratory Pile Driver/Extractors. It is always refreshing to work with a team that really understands what they are driving and what they are driving into. Thank you to Lunda for giving us this opportunity to work with your outstanding team of experts
It is projected that the new Missouri River Bridges will be set to last for at least 100 years. A special thank you to Lunda for being a part of the new Rocheport Bridge so that interstate motorists will be able to travel safely over the Missouri River
. Thank you!
 
Media Contact-  
Pollyanna Cunningham, MA, MBA  
Director Marketing, Brand and Media Relations  
ICE® - International Construction Equipment, Inc  
Office - 704-821-8200  
Email - marketing@iceusa.com 
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Posted in Vibratory Pile Hammers. Tagged as 110C Vibratory Driver/Extractor, 50B Vibratory Pile Driver, Building Bridges, Pile Driving, Quad Beam for Pipe Pile.

Better than Robotics: Dam Drilling

What do the Blue Stone Dam and remote-control drilling have in common? 
Editor: Ashley Steele
For over 20 years, the
1949 Blue Stone Dam has been an extensive repair project due to a 1998 Dam Safety Assurance (DSA) Report showing that this dam was hydrologically deficient. The construction project to repair this deficiency broke ground in 2001 and is currently in phase 5 of this renovation.
Located in West Virginia approximately one and a half miles upstream from the city of Hinton, The Blue Stone Dam is a conventional concrete gravity dam measuring half mile long and stands 165 feet in elevation. This
70-year-old dam has reduced flooding that causes casualties and property damage in the Ohio River Valley. It has been surveyed and shown this Dam preserves more than $5.9 billion (that is about $18 per registered citizen in the United States) in lives, livelihood, and property.
This larger-than-life project must be completed in 4 stages to ensure all safety measures are protecting not just those members on-site but for those who live and work below the dam. I
n 2019, phase 5 was underway. The team at Brayman Construction has been instrumental in this project and already completed work during Phase 3. The $22M phase 5 will include a new cofferdam, with connecting arches and up- and down-stream transitions.
As Brayman Construction began the planning for this newest phase, they
determined the professionals at ICE ® would have the equipment to get the job done without downtime. This team chose to work with the Comacchio MCE80 drill rig due to its expansive operational functionality. Due to confined spaces and personal crew safety on the jobsite, Brayman asked ICE® service team to adapt the rig for full remote operations. Many understand that there is more to remote functionality than on and off for drilling operations.  ICE® service team not only enabled all functions to the remote but also added specialized counterweights to help make this specific job easier on the Brayman TeamThe counterweight specialization enabled the MCE80 to pick up the carousel, fitted with different attachments and quickly move between many different tasks on the job.
ICE® is known for its highly customized equipment and tooling variations proving no job is too big or too specialized
.   We are proud to have our equipment building dams with the highly sought-after team at Brayman Construction.  Thank you for allowing us to be a part of this life-saving venture.

Media Contact-  
 
Pollyanna Cunningham, MA, MBA   
Director Marketing, Brand and Media Relations   
ICE® - International Construction Equipment, Inc   
Office - 704-821-8200   
Email - marketing@iceusa.com   

Posted in Comacchio Drill Rigs. Tagged as Blue Stone Dam, Comacchio, Drilling, Drilling Foundations, MCE80 Drill.