July 31, 2014
July 16, 2014
Concrete paving is approximately 88 percent complete at the Minot, N.D. Air Force Base.
There are approximately two months remaining in the project to repair the runway at the Minot, North Dakota, Air Force Base. To date, Sundt crews have completed approximately 44 percent of the concrete paving on this transportation construction project.
The main portion of the runway is 14.5 inches thick, widening to 18 inches thick on the outer five feet. It’s also 8,900 feet long, requiring 41,400 cubic yards of concrete and 35,650 tons of asphalt.
Once the runway paving is complete, we will groove and stripe it. Finally, we will convert the taxiway back to its intended use. For the project’s duration it was converted to function as an emergency runway.
May 20, 2014
Concrete was poured for the first section of new track at the Northwest Extension milestone event last Saturday.
It takes more than heat to keep Phoenix crowds away from an important event, especially one that celebrates a major milestone in a much-anticipated transportation construction project. Last Saturday, hundreds of heat-seasoned Phoenicians gathered to watch as concrete was poured for the first section of new light rail track for the Northwest Extension, a 3.2-mile expansion of the city’s existing light rail system.
It was the project’s second of five milestones. The next three are: station installation, vehicle testing, and the grand opening in 2016. Saturday’s milestone celebration signifies that the $158.7 million project is approximately halfway complete. Sundt and joint venture partner Stacy and Witbeck are finishing the underground construction phase while work continues on roadway widening, hardscape reconstruction and track placement. Construction of the vehicle station will begin this fall.
The Northwest Extension is expected to serve approximately 5,000 riders per day when it is complete. It is Sundt’s fourth project for the Valley Metro Light Rail. In 2008, Sundt/Stacy and Witbeck completed more than half of the original 20-mile “starter” section of the transit system (Line Section 4 and Line Section 5), plus the system’s maintenance and operations facility.
May 7, 2014
Sundt came up with several creative ways to minimize community impacts during the construction of the West 7th Street Bridge in Fort Worth, Texas. The bridge’s 12 concrete arches were constructed offsite, instead of in place, which greatly reduced the amount of time the road had to be closed.
The ability to minimize community impacts during the construction of new roadways and bridges is becoming more important to clients – and an important distinguisher for contractors. Two Sundt experts explored this topic in an article featured in this month’s issue of Roads & Bridges magazine. Click here for a link to the online version of the article, or download the pdf.
May 5, 2014
Performing challenging roadway construction projects amidst live trafffic is one of Sundt’s specialties. The Cordes Junction Traffic Interhchange Improvements Project, shown above, was completed last year by Sundt and a joint venture partner near the juncture of Interstate10 and State Route 69 in Arizona.
Sundt is pleased to be performing another transportation construction project for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). The Interstate 10 Enhancements Project includes $7.6 million in improvements to a busy, 1.3-mile stretch of I-10 in El Paso. Sundt’s scope of work includes aesthetic enhancements to bridges, walls, and concrete barriers, plus upgrades to lighting, landscape and irrigation, and hardscape. The work began last month and is scheduled to be complete in October of this year.
“This project’s biggest challenge will be working right in the middle of interstate traffic, and the tight 180-day schedule,” says Sundt Area Manager Fred Stone. “We have to be very careful in our planning, especially with the long-lead items. TxDOT pushed the start date back to allow us to gather information that will make the work go more smoothly, and right away we discovered that some of the alignments weren’t correct. Finding that out ahead of time is a huge help.”
To see some of Sundt’s other transportation construction projects, both in Texas and in other states, click here.
Sundt and joint venture partner Slayden Construction are replacing the aging Sellwood Bridge over the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon. The existing bridge is nearly 90 years old and does not comply with current seismic standards. Photo courtesy of Image Engineering Photography.
Last week a group of experts came together on National Public Radio’s Diane Rehm Show to discuss the challenges posed by our nation’s aging infrastructure. With more than 60,000 bridges in the U.S. in a state of serious decline, the big question on everyone minds is how to pay for the necessary replacements and repairs.
Mike Hoover, Sundt’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, agrees with many transportation construction and policy experts: the creation of a highway reauthorization bill is critical. Federal funding supports more than half of states’ transportation construction, but the existing bill, MAP-21, expires on September 30. At the same time, the highway trust fund, which uses gas taxes to fund many federal highway programs in every state, will be depleted by the end of August if Congress doesn’t act.
What are the obstacles to the passage of a new bill? Can public-private partnerships provide a funding solution? Are there other creative funding mechanisms being proposed and considered? Click here to listen to the show to and find out what the panelists (listed below) and callers had to say.
Robert Puentes, senior fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program, The Brookings Institution
Chris Edwards, economist and editor of DownsizingGovernment.org, Cato Institute
Fawn Johnson, correspondent, National Journal
Phineas Baxandall, federal budget and tax analyst, U.S. Public Interest Research Group
Patrick Jones, executive director and CEO, International Bridge, Tunnel & Turnpike Association (IBTTA)