Located in Jacksonville, Florida, this project involved replacement of the 810-foot main span deck and supporting structural steel members. The project also included demolition and replacement of 42,000 square feet of roadway grating, stringers, steel curb, guardrail, and concrete median barrier wall. To improve the riding surface for the traveling public, the new deck grating was also filled with concrete.
In addition to the structural steel deck repairs, all floor beams within the main span were painted, and 16 upper-truss members and nine floor beams were repaired to strengthen the bridge’s structural capacity. PCL’s nine-month schedule entailed a 90-day directional closure to complete the deck replacement and painting activities with minimal disruption to traffic.
The client was faced with significant public pressure to maintain traffic on the bridge at all times, as this bridge is a major thoroughfare into downtown Jacksonville. One week into the closure, the client asked PCL to switch traffic patterns daily to accommodate the public. PCL and the client orchestrated a win-win solution that provided excellent results. The project team accommodated the client’s requests and developed construction plans to maximize production and successfully complete this remarkable task on schedule. This 24/7 operation defined teamwork between the PCL project team, suppliers, subcontractors, and client.