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Bridge construction team reinvents mobility and driven pile control
Editor: Debbie Reaney
Balfour Beatty Infrastructure, Inc., based out of Wilmington, NC, was awarded a new project in July 2021 on behalf of Effingham County and the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) to help increase residential and business access to the rapidly growing Rincon community. Selected due to their past work with GDOT infrastructure projects across the state, including Harry S. Truman Parkway Phase V, King George Boulevard, Back River Bridge, SR 540 Fall Line Freeway and Jimmy Deloach Parkway; construction began in September 2021 and is scheduled for completion in April 2025.
The Effingham Parkway Extension will include the development of a new, six-mile, two-lane roadway which will extend from State Route 30 to Blue Jay Road in Effingham County. This project will also include six bridges, two Cast-in-Place (CIP) box culverts and 861 55-foot 18-inch concrete piles, to support the bridge structures. To maximize productivity and costs, Balfour Beatty decided to implement a fixed lead set-up, enabling one crew to produce twice the results. Not only is this unusual in bridge work, but it was also the first time that the contractor had used a fixed lead system. In this instance, the standard 2-axis set-up with an ICE® I-30 Diesel was not ideal; thus, the ICE® engineers were tasked with designing a 3-axis set-up that would attach the ICE® Fixed Leads system and ICE® Model-155 Hydraulic Spotter to Balfour Beatty's existing crane. The 3-axis system allowed for the fixed leads to rotate 30° to either side and gave the crew more versatility when placing the hammer. An efficient, productive lead set-up with full mobility is key to a profitable pile driving operation as it enables the contractor faster hammer placement.
ICE® proudly services, sells and rents a full line of deep foundation equipment, leads and accessories to meet a wide variety of job requirements. In addition, ICE® engineers and production are fully qualified to design and build specialized equipment in our Matthews, NC facility meeting unique and difficult job specifications. Experienced ICE® team members are available to fit the customized components to achieve the optimum results for each job. We are pleased that Balfour Beatty Infrastructure, Inc. understands the importance of innovative designs and thank them for their belief in our team.
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