S&R Corporation was recently awarded the Waldo-Hancock Bridge Removal, by the State of Maine Department of Transportation.
The heart of this $5.3 million dollar project involves the complete demolition and removal of the Historic Waldo-Hancock Cable Suspension Bridge that links Waldo and Hancock Counties of the State of Maine.
The Waldo-Hancock Bridge totals over 2,040 feet in length, its Main Span is over 800 feet in length, It’s massive steel towers, stand in excess of 237 feet above the surface of the water of the Penobscot Narrows. The bridges plate girder approaches span and additional 520 feet over land before connecting to each of the 360 foot long truss approach spans. Since explosive demolition is strictly prohibited on this project, S&R crews will disassemble the bridges truss frame in small segments, along with the main suspension cable system and supplemental suspension cables and its enormous steel towers from both land based and barge mounted cranes. Improvements to Fort Knox State Park and Construction of Roadway Access to the East Pylon of the New Penobscot Narrows Bridge are also part of S&R Corporations scope of work.
S&R Corporation reached a new high in its history by being awarded its largest contract ever. The awarding authority for the project is the Rhode Island Department of Transportation. The contract was awarded based on a low bid of $105,863,537.70. The scope of the project is the reconstruction and realignment of Interstate 95 and the associated ramps in the vicinity of Bridge 550 over the Seekonk River in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. The contract will replace two bridges, rehabilitate two bridges and add three new bridges. The centerpiece of the project is the replacement of Bridge 550 over the Seekonk River. The existing structure is a multi span steel plate girder bridge. The new bridge will be a single span steel arch structure, spanning 350 feet over the Seekonk River. The steel arch superstructure will have a metalized coating. The massive concrete substructure is made up of 16,000 cubic yards of cast in place concrete. The architecture of the structure will have art deco elements to blend with significant landmarks in the surrounding neighborhood. LED light fixtures will installed to accent the bridges architectural lines. The project is a joint venture endeavor. S&R Corporation’s joint venture partner on the project is Pihl, Incorporated of Copenhagen, Denmark with a regional office in Canton, Massachusetts.
S&R Corporation sponsors Construction Industries of Massachusetts, Inc. May Dinner with guest Governor Deval Patrick
Governor Patrick addressed the CIM membership at the organization’s Annual Dinner. The Governor spoke of the recent accomplishments of his administration and the Legislature as the Accelerated Bridge Program has been launched and the Transportation Bond bill was passed. The bills translate into $10 billion of investments in statewide roads and bridges with $725 million being invested this year alone.
The Governor expressed his commitment to reform the way the State’s transportation agencies work and his desire to streamline operations, eliminate redundancies and modernize the bidding process.
The 35th Annual Business Dinner had 300 members in attendance as well as prominent guests such as Commissioner Paiewonsky and House Ways and Means Chairman Charley Murphy. S&R’s entire construction management staff and executives attended the May event.
S&R Corporation opens Route 28 Bridge in Methuen, MA thirteen months ahead of schedule
On November 18, 2009, S&R Corporation opened to traffic the Route 28 bridge over Route 213 in Methuen, MA. The bridge opening occurred thirteen months earlier than the original project schedule and was accomplished with a combined effort of S&R staff and MADOT staff. The original construction sequence called for a temporary bridge to carry northbound traffic while southbound traffic would be shifted through the phased construction of the new bridge. The temporary bridge was to be supplied by MADOT. While S&R was checking MADOT’s inventory of temporary bridge parts it discovered that the MADOT had enough parts to supply two temporary bridges which would accommodate the southbound traffic as well as the northbound traffic, and consequently permit the construction of the new bridge in one phase. The MADOT accepted S&R’s proposal to erect the two temporary bridges and construct the new bridge in a single phase. With the new bridge open thirteen months early, the traveling public will not be inconvenienced with changing construction traffic patterns while S&R completes the final task of removing the two temporary bridge structures. The project is expected to reach final completion in April 2010, one year ahead of the contract completion date of April, 2011. S&R’s Superintendent on the Methuen Project is Brian Dawley, the Project Manager is Brad Lubenau.
The Massachusetts Highway Department has awarded to S&R two major bridge rehabilitation projects. One is the 16.4 million dollar contract to rehabilitate the steel truss bridge that carries Route 113 and Route 3A over the Merrimack River in Tyngsborough, MA, the other is the 17.2 million dollar Union Street Bridge over the Merrimack River in Lawrence, MA. Both bridges are steel truss bridges that will undergo major steel component replacement and substructure modifications as well as complete cleaning and repainting of the superstructures. The projects are the largest single contracts that S&R has been awarded. Work on the projects is scheduled to start in the spring of 2009 and take three years to complete. S&R’s estimating team is led by, Vice President of Construction Operations, Pete Salinder and Construction Division Manager, Eric Jones.
Project Completed in Bridgewater-Middleborough, MA
S&R Corporation has recently completed the 4.7 million dollar bridge project to replace Route 18 over the Taunton River on the border of Bridgewater and Middleborough, MA. The new bridge replaced the existing structure which was built in the 1930s and is now the third generation of bridges to cross the Taunton River at this location. The two span steel framed bridge with drilled shaft foundations was completed on time for the Massachusetts Highway Department and put into immediate service. S&R's project team was Brian Dawley and Brad Lubenau.
Commissioner Paiewonsky, Senator Tarr and Representative Stanley cut ribbon at S&R's Newbury, MA project
The Massachusetts Highway Department's Commissioner, Luisa Paiewonsky, State Senator, Bruce E. Tarr and State Representative Harriet Stanley visited the Parker River Bridge Project in Newbury, MA for a ribbon cutting ceremony opening the bridge to traffic.
The ceremony took place on January 5, 2009. The bridge was opened to traffic four months ahead of the accelerated schedule (see article below). Before a crowd of local officials, residents, Massachusetts Highway Department staff and S&R's construction crew, Commissioner Paiewonsky declared the bridge open to traffic 21 months ahead of the original contract completion date and at a savings of $340,000 to the Commonwealth and the tax payers. The ribbon cutting ceremony was followed by a celebratory walk across the bridge by the Commissioner and the entire assembly.
Congratulations to Massachusetts Highway Department Resident Engineer Dave Conroy and his staff; S&R's Superintendent, Russ Burnham; Assistant Project Manager, Brad Lubenau and Construction Division Manager Eric Jones.
Commissioner Paiewonsky and Senator Tarr visit S&R's Newbury, MA project
The Massachusetts Highway Department's Commissioner, Luisa Paiewonsky and State Senator, Bruce E. Tarr, visited the Parker River Bridge Project in Newbury, MA. The purpose of the visit was to check on progress of the accelerated bridge construction contract. The project was put into an accelerated mode due to the poor condition of the existing bridge and consequently, the planned use of the bridge during phased replacement construction would be prohibitive.
The Massachusetts Highway Department directed S&R to remove the entire existing bridge and construct the new at an accelerated rate. The accelerated schedule would open the new bridge to traffic in the spring of 2009, 17 months ahead of schedule and at a savings of $340,000 to the Commonwealth. The visiting dignitaries departed from the Newbury project with the news that the spring 2009 opening was going to be pushed up to January 2009.
S&R's project team on this very special job is Russ Burnham and Brad Lubenau. The Massachusetts Highway Department's Resident Engineer is Dave Conroy.
S&R has just received the contract for the demolition of the Mercer County Correctional Facility in Trenton, N.J. This contract involves the asbestos abatement and demolition of a ten-story, poured in place concrete prison facility in downtown Trenton. The project involves unique challenges in that the building is located directly adjacent to the Mercer County Courthouse and prison holding facility. In order to minimize disruption to the ongoing courthouse and jail operations, much of the concrete crushing and certain other operations must be performed on second shift.
The project has an approximate value of $1,100,000.00 and is scheduled to start in October, 2008 and be completed in four months.
S&R has been awarded the demolition of a fourteen story, high rise building in Pittsburgh, PA. The "L" Building, which is owned by the RIDC, in Pittsburgh, will be demolished over the winter months and will cost approximately $1,700,000.00. The project consists of the asbestos abatement and demolition of the fourteen story masonry building, off-site removal of all demolition debris and backfilling of the remaining cellar hole.
S&R has had considerable experience in Pittsburgh over recent years, completing several projects for various different Awarding Authorities. We have enjoyed producing successful projects in the area and plan to continue to expand our presence there.
The Massachusetts Highway Department has awarded to S&R the 3.8 million dollar contract to replace the Gulf Road Bridge over the Apponagansett River in Dartmouth, MA. The project has a multi-staged construction sequence with a completion date of May 14, 2010. Foundations for the bridge will be supported by “H” pile and pipe pile. Box beams with a cast in place concrete deck will makeup the superstructure. S&R's project team is Rob Campbell and Mark Wallis.
The Massachusetts Highway Department has awarded to S&R the 8.9 million dollar contract to replace the Route 28 Bridge over Route 213 in Methuen, MA.
The project has a temporary modular bridge to carry northbound Route 28 traffic over Route 213 while the new bridge is constructed in a multi-staged construction sequence. The multi-staged construction will allow southbound Route 28 to be maintained over the existing bridge and finally the new bridge. The new bridge has a cast in place concrete spread footing substructure. Steel framing and a cast in place concrete deck will be the superstructure.
S&R's project team is Brian Dawley and Brad Lubenau. Contract completion date is April 25, 2011.
S&R uses rare configuration of cranes for bridge erection in Newbury
S&R is underway with the reconstruction of the new Parker River Bridge on Route 1A, in Newbury, MA. The new bridge design requires the placement of 24 each 120' long concrete beams weighing in at a calculated weight of over 60 tons. To accomplish the placement of the new beams S&R will use, a pair of Manitowoc 4100 Series-I lattice boom crawler mounted cranes set-up in "Ringer Configuration". Each "Ringer Crane" has a maximum capacity of over 300 tons each and will together place the 60-ton beams at the center span at a radius of over 120'.
S&R recently completed the asbestos abatement and demolition of seventy-one buildings for MassDevelopment at Devens. The project, valued at $4,500,000.00 was completed in six phases under an extremely aggressive schedule mandated by MassDevelopment and the US Army Corps of Engineers. The project presented a variety of unique challenges, all of which were overcome in classic S&R fashion and the project was completed almost thirty days ahead of the completion deadline.