Recently, our contractor placed ten beams to support the deck of the new northbound Interstate 5 Canoe Canal Bridge. Careful timing and teamwork made it a safe and smooth process.
Local subcontractor Knife River manufactured the beams in Harrisburg. Each 180-foot beam weighs approximately 182,000 pounds. Given the size of the beams, only one at a time could be moved to the site.
Once loaded, each beam traveled south on I-5 to the Glenwood exit, crossed over the freeway and then headed back north. The truck exited the freeway on the east side and backed into position to unload the beam.
|Workers prepare to unload a giant beam.|
The new northbound Canoe Canal Bridge is scheduled for completion in July 2012.
|Large cranes carefully move the beam into place.|
|With the beam in place, workers disconnect the cables used for lifting the beam.|