D Construction completed replacing all of the existing beam bearings at abutment and pier locations for the east bridge over the Fox River. The existing beams have been lowered down on the new bearings and all new structural steel beams have been set in their final positions. As all of the substructure components have been completed, the Contractor has started framing and form work for a new widened concrete bridge deck. Once D Construction completes the bridge deck form work, reinforcement steel will be installed and the deck will be ready to be poured.
D Construction has lifted the existing beams and started bearing replacement work on the east bridge over the Fox River. The beams are lifted using hydraulic jacks, and they remain lifted until the Contractor is able to remove the old bearings, pour new concrete seats and set replacement bearings. To date, the Contactor has removed and replaced 75% of the bearings on the east bridge. Bearings are located at the connection points of the beams and the supporting surfaces at the piers and abutments. Bearings are intended to control movement and reduce stresses.
The new steel beams have been set and the existing concrete deck was removed for the East bridge over the Fox River. The new steel beams are located on the widened concrete piers and abutments. The new steel beams will support the new concrete bridge deck, which will be wider than the existing deck. Following the placement of the new beams, the Contractor removed the existing concrete bridge deck. Now that the bridge deck is removed, D Construction can work on jacking up the existing beams at the abutment and pier locations. The beam jacking is necessary so that the existing beam supp
D Construction has completed constructing portions of the widened concrete abutments for the East bridge over the Fox River that will support the new steel fascia beams. The new fascia beams will serve as support for a wider bridge deck. The beams have been fabricated and delivered to the job site. At this time, the primary tasks that the Contractor will be focusing on for the bridge improvements process will be setting the new beams, removing the entire bridge deck and then rehabilitating the existing beams.
D Construction completed the pier widening work, started removing cofferdams and is in the process of widening the concrete abutments for the east bridge over the Fox River. The Contractor completed driving H-Piling for the abutment widening. The H-Pile are an important part of the abutments, as they provide foundation support for the concrete abutment structure. The widening of the abutments will support the new outside beams, widened replacement bridge deck and widened roadway pavement.