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Published Nationally Northeast Edition $3.00 ® “The Nation’s Best Read Construction Newspaper… Founded 1957.” 470 • Ft. W13 ashington, PA 19034 • 215/885-2900 • Toll •Free 800-523-2200 Fax 215/885-2910 • JuneMaryland 20, 2012 • Drive Vol. XLIX • No. • 470 Maryland Drive • Ft. Washington, PA 19034 215-885-2900 • Toll Free•800-523-2200 • Fax 215-885-2910 • Inside Crews Navigate Speed Bumps on Bridge Project Jennifer Rupp CEG CORRESPONDENT Binder Machinery Branches Wi th New Business…8 DiFazio Finds Success Wit h Volvo, Penn Jersey…14 Performing bridge repairs in a bustling urban area is never an easy task, but Trumbull Corporation rose to the challenge in its hometown city of Pittsburgh, Pa. Trumbull is the lead contractor on Phase 1 of the I-579 Veteran’s Bridge Preservation Project. The $18.7 million project began in the fall of 2010 with a plethora of challenges, most notably the heavy traffic to UPMC, the Console Energy Center, U.S. Steel and other high-profile businesses in the area. Both vehicle and pedestrian detours were put into place. Phase 1 work entails the preservation of nine bridges of I-579 from Boulevard of the Allies and Liberty Bridge to the Veteran’s Bridge and downtown Pittsburgh. The rehabilitation includes new bearing and expansion dams, structural steel painting and deck repairs/replacements. Additionally, crews will improve drainage, update highway lighting and provide new signs and pavement marking. “Michael Baker Engineering did a very nice job with see TRUMBULL page 28 Work continues on the parapet forms while the Webster Avenue deck cures. AGC Asks Obama Admin to Reconsider Quotas Pin e Bush Rai ses Fund s for Cancer Research…22 Table of Contents ................4 Truck & Trailer Section ........ ......................................61-67 Recycling Section ........71-95 The Associated General Contractors of America joined with 10 other national business associations in calling on the Obama administration to reconsider a series of new hiring mandates it wants to impose on contractors working on federal projects. Association officials noted that the government has failed to produce any data justifying the very costly and incredibly prescriptive new hiring man- dates. “The administration is getting ready to impose a tremendous new regulatory burden on thousands of employers to fix a problem that doesn’t appear to exist,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer. “The administration is trying to mandate away the symptoms of a broader problem: a stagnant economy that has left too many Americans out of work for too long.” The new rules, which are being proposed by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), are designed to have firms working on federal contracts hire veterans and people with disabilities at the same rate at which they apply for positions. Yet Sandherr noted that federal officials have see AGC page 112 Attachment Section 106-111 Vt. to Save Historic Bridge With Unusual Project Parts Section ..........112-113 By Wilson Ring ASSOCIATED PRESS Auction Section ......118-136 Business Calendar ..........124 Advertisers Index............134 MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) A historic Vermont bridge is going to be updated with a technique that seems like something only a superhero could accomplish: Engineers will cut the 350-ft. (106 m) bridge in two lengthwise, push the two sides apart, widen them and put it back together. As far as anyone involved in the project has been able to determine, it’s the first time such a technique has been tried on such a large bridge and after 15 months of preparation, engineers are now getting ready to separate the sides, move one 300,000-lb. (136,078 kg) truss 10 ft. (3 m) away from the other and then reattach the sides. Once the steel and concrete has been added, motorists crossing the bridge won’t have to worry about meeting a truck coming the other way. The so-called Pennsylvania truss bridge, which carries U.S. Route 2 across the Winooski River about 10 mi. east of Burlington, was built see BRIDGE page 119

Northeast #13, 2012

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