Improvement is great, but adding a construction project to a busy roadway will inevitably result in increased traffic and driver headaches. Thankfully, the use of 52 precast concrete deck panels in combination with ultra high performance concrete reduced construction time while simultaneously offering a durable, effective solution for the new, 271-linear-foot bridge.
Utility Concrete Products, an NPCA Certified Plant located in Morris, Ill., manufactured the more than 15,000 square feet of 8-inch thick deck panels that were placed for the new bridge. Each of the panels was set transverse to the bridge’s steel beams in just four days. Tom Heraty, UCP’s vice president of sales and engineering, said the decision to use precast brought many advantages to the project.
“Precast speeds up the schedule and limits the traffic impacts below,” he said. “It’s also made in a controlled environment, which allows you to bring it in, set it and be done. That equals a safer job site.”