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Caltrans Completes Curve Realignment for State Route 299 By Erik Pisor CEG CORRESPONDENT

A tight, winding roadway where the accident rate is noticeably higher than the California average, State Route 299, specifically the stretch west of Redding, has for years worried the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). However, the completion of six curve realignment projects and several roadway pavement projects, dubbed the “Safer Roads: One Curve at a Time” projects, have eased those concerns by improving driver safety along SR 299. Of the six SR 299 realignment projects, three projects occurred along an 8-mi. (12.8 km) stretch of roadway in Shasta County. “Having three simultaneous earthwork projects within an eight-mile stretch of narrow-winding, two-lane road became a challenge for traffic handling,” said Chris Harvey, project manager of Caltrans District 2. “With three different contractors, the work along this corridor had the potential to severely affect traffic.” see CURVE page 6

Tullis Inc. served as the general contractor for the $2.4 million, Yankee Gulch project, which spanned .7 mi. (1.1 km) and replaced an existing 30 mph roadway curve with a new roadway alignment.

Eagle Peak Rock & Paving Crushes Rocks Left Over From ’30s

Gary McConn (L), Powerscreen of California, and Tony Cruse, president, Eagle Peak Rock & Paving.

During the famous 1849 Gold Rush, miners panned for gold in California streams. Many years later some enterprising companies took it to a new level by “panning” a number of river valleys in northern California with floating dredges. One such dredging operation started circa 1936 and continued into the early days of World War II. A 100-yd.-long barge-mounted dredge was used to “pan” the Scott River Valley just south of the Oregon border near Yreka, Calif., in Siskiyou County. On the front end of the dredge was a 76unit rotating bucket line that dug up dirt and rock. Gold was removed inside the hull, using a trommel screen apparatus with .25 and .5 in. (.6 and 1.3 cm) holes. A 120 ft. (36.5 m) long stacker at the back of

the barge deposited the dug-up rocks in giant windrows. For Eagle Peak Rock & Paving, Alturas, Calif., the “gold” is in those windrows of large, smooth, very hard rocks still remaining from the dredging operation. “Our mining consists of crushing the rocks for use in our two asphalt plants,” said Eagle Peak President Tony Cruse. “Our equipment includes three Terex Pegson crushing plants and two Powerscreen dry screen plants, all in closed circuit. We produce what we call asphalt rock. This includes 3/8 inch clean, 1/2 inch clean and Number 4 — 0 inch crusher dust. We blend all three in the see EAGLE page 8

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Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Sukut Construction Makes List to Acquire Martella Assets of Top Places to Work in O.C. A new survey shows Sukut Construction Inc. has maintained a position as one of the top places to work in Orange County for the past decade. The latest results recently released by the Orange County Business Journal (OCBJ) corroborates the findings of similar surveys in 2000 and 2008, which recognized Sukut as a leader in employee satisfaction, or, as the OCBJ’s headline suggests, a “Workers’ Paradise.” Sukut took the No. 8 spot in the large company category of the OCBJ survey, which took nearly a year to complete and was conducted by an independent workplace research firm, Best Companies Group of Harrisburg, Pa., using a proprietary scoring system. According to the OCBJ, three-fourths of a company’s score was based on employee questionnaires and onefourth on company-provided information about benefits, policies and practices. “It’s reassuring to get such a vote of satisfaction from Sukut employees,” said Sukut CEO/President Michael Crawford. “We strive to make sure Sukut maintains a safe, developmentally nurturing, challenging and enjoyable environment. The competition was open to all companies with at least 15 employees and a one-year track record. Of the 100 companies that participated, only about 40 scored high enough to make the list. The OCBJ reported that the listed companies generally provided generous benefits and perks, employee development opportunities and worker flexibility and independence. Stock ownerRitchie Bros. Auctioneers Incorporated announced an agreement to acquire the auction business and certain assets of Martella Auction Company Inc., a Tipton, Calif.-based auctioneer of agricultural and industrial equipment. Ritchie Bros. also intends to enter into an agreement to lease the roughly 65 acre Martella auction site. The acquisition is intended to expand and strengthen Ritchie Bros.’ presence in the used agricultural and industrial equipment markets in California, and establishes an additional auction site in a proven auction market. Jeremy Martella, principal owner and operator, will join the Ritchie Bros. team as the area manager of this new auction site effective upon closing. “We are very excited to have Jeremy Martella and his staff join our team,” said Peter Blake, Ritchie Bros. CEO. “Martella Auction Company is a second generation company that has been in business for more than 35 years, with roots that date back four generations and over 80 years. They conduct their auc-

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ship, profit sharing, matching retirement contributions and performance evaluations also are common at these companies. The largest companies generally were noted for opportunities for employees to cross-train to prepare for promotions and to take on new tasks when other business was slow. Bracketing the first decade of the 21st century, Sukut was honored in 2000 by the OC Metro as one of the five best places to work in Orange County. Again in 2008, the Orange County Register reported that Sukut was one of the top companies nationwide to work for based on employee surveys. Sukut Construction is California’s largest mass excavation and grading contractor and has moved more than a billion cubic yards of earth. It is ranked within the top 500 largest contractors in the nation. Its projects range from highway construction to residential grading to wastewater management systems. Projects include the construction of four, 60-acre wastewater treatment ponds holding more than 1 billion gallons for the Los Angeles Sanitation District and a seismic retrofit of the San Pablo Dam for the East Bay Municipal Water District. It also is charged with site development for a section of the U.S.-Mexico border fence and is widening a 1.3-mi. segment of State Route 76 in Fallbrook and straightening its alignment. Sukut, which turned 40 this year, is headquartered in Santa Ana, Calif., with offices in Oceanside, Los Angeles, and Riverside, Calif. For more information, call 888/785-8801 or visit

Groundbreaking for Highway 46 Widening Held in Kern County A ground breaking for the widening of an 8 mi. (13 km) portion of Hwy. 46 was held Nov. 10 in Kern County. This project will widen Hwy. 46 from a two-lane highway to a four lane expressway from 1.9 mi. (3 km) west of State Route 33 to Brown Material Road. This project will include a 62 ft. (19 cm) center median and the existing intersections within the project limits will be upgraded to accommodate truck traffic. In addition, the intersection of State Route 33 will be signalized and realigned. The contractor for this $25 million dollar project is the Griffith Company of Brea, Calif. This project is expected to be completed in mid2012. Construction is already well under way on the $30 million project to widen 5 mi. (8 km) of Hwy. 46 from two to four lanes from Airport

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Caltrans Taps Tullis Inc. for $2.4M Yankee Gulch Project CURVE from page 1

However the contractors recognized the potential for delays and worked together when restricting traffic and conducting traffic control, said Tullis Inc.’s project manager Chris Brimhall. Tullis Inc. served as the general contractor for the $2.4 million, Yankee Gulch project, which spanned .7 mi. (1.1 km) and replaced an existing 30 mph roadway curve with a new roadway alignment. According to Brimhall, before any serious dirt was moved subcontractor Koala Ty Construction used 300 cu. yds. (229 cu m) of concrete to extend a box culvert and Tullis de-watered a nearby creek. Following initial construction, all traffic was narrowed down to a single lane enabling Tullis to grind up a portion of the existing road using equipment such as a 330 excavator with a hydraulic hammer attachment. The contractor used an onsite, mobile crushing and screening plant to recycle the grindings into base for the new portion of roadway. In total around 8,000 tons (7,260 t) of base rock was used on the project, Brimhall said. To construct the new roadway alignment, Tullis first placed a large amount of dirt and rock to create an embankment. Grading and paving of the new roadway section followed, which included the use of 5,000 tons (4,536 t) of hot mix asphalt. The section of old roadway was then reclaimed and embankment was placed on it. Nearly 100,000 cu. yds. (76,460 cu m) of dirt and rock was used for all embankment work. Completed in early October, the project also increased the Yankee Gulch clear recovery zone, an area adjacent to the road where errant vehicles can regain control if they’ve veered off the roadway. Located further along SR 299 on a 5.5 percent grade stretch of two-lane highway, the Top of Buckhorn project posed challenges for Sierra Equipment Rental Inc. and Caltrans due to soil types, which caused an unexpected landslide. “This area is comprised of decomposed granite that is subject to erosion,” Harvey said. “There are unpredictable hidden slip planes that are randomly oriented throughout the excavation.” Because of the landslide, additional earthwork and the construction of a reinforced soil slope were required. This added work turned a single-season contract into a twoseason contract. Completed in October, the $3.8 million project had increased the design speed of a .6-mi. (.9 km) stretch of SR 299 to 50 mph by realigning the roadway’s curves. Shoulder widening work also occurred. The third project located along the 8-mi. (12.8 km) stretch of SR 299, the $1.5 million Bottom of Buckhorn project was completed

in June 2009. Spanning .4 mi. (.6 km), the project increased the radius of a large roadway curve by adding a 7-ft. (2.1 m) paved left shoulder and ditch, and adding a 4-ft. (1.2 m) paved right shoulder, according to Caltrans District 2. The improvements increased the large curve’s design speed from 23.8 mph to 35 mph. Contractor J.F. Shea Construction Inc. also realigned five smaller surrounding curves as part of the project. Aside from the Shasta County projects, three other curve improvement projects occurred along SR 299 in Trinity County. The completed Sandhouse Passing Lane project involved the construction of a westbound, 12-ft. (7.6 m) wide passing lane, which enables cars to pass slower moving vehicles following the climb up Buckhorn Summit. Started in June 2009, the $3.4 million China Slide project involved improving lane width and shoulder geometrics, changing a roadway curve, and increasing the clear recovery zone. Also beginning in the summer of 2009, the Salyer Curve project took place along a portion of roadway where the accident rate is four times the statewide average for similar types of roadways, according to Caltrans. The project included shoulder-widening work and cross slope corrections, and provided for legal Surface Transportation Assistance Act (STAA) truck wheel tracking. The entire SR 299 corridor west of Redding is of special interest to Humboldt County, which partially funded the projects. The county is planning to develop a deepwater port and wants its large STAA trucks to utilize SR 299 for distribution purposes. (This story also can be found on Construction Equipment Guide’s Web site at CEG

Of the six SR 299 realignment projects, three projects occurred along an 8-mi. (12.8 km) stretch of roadway in Shasta County.

To construct the new roadway alignment, Tullis first placed a large amount of dirt and rock to create an embankment. Grading and paving of the new roadway section followed, which included the use of 5,000 tons (4,536 t) of hot mix asphalt.

Spanning .4 mi. (.6 km), the project increased the radius of a large roadway curve by adding a 7-ft. (2.1 m) paved left shoulder and ditch, and adding a 4-ft. (1.2 m) paved right shoulder, according to Caltrans District 2.

Completed in October, the $3.8 million project had increased the design speed of a .6-mi. (.9 km) stretch of SR 299 to 50 mph by realigning the roadway’s curves. Shoulder widening work also occurred.

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Contractor Finds Gold Standard in Powerscreen Dealer EAGLE from page 1

asphalt production process. We reject all natural sand.” The closed circuit process consists of several steps. Material from the rock windrows is fed into a Terex Pegson XA400 26x44 jaw plant and crushed to 5 in. (12.7 cm) size. The 5 in. goes to a Powerscreen Chieftain double-deck dry screen that rejects 1 in. (2.5 cm) minus stone. The 1 in. plus goes to a Terex Pegson 1300 Maxtrak cone crusher that produces 2 in. (5 cm) minus which goes to a Powerscreen Chieftain 2100 triple-deck pro-

ducing 3/8 in., 1/2 in. (.95 and 1.3 cm) and crusher dust. The oversize goes to a Terex Pegson 1000 Maxtrak cone, which also produces 3/8 in., 1/2 in. and crusher dust in closed circuit with the Powerscreen tripledeck. “The rock feed material is very, very hard,” Cruse pointed out. “But our crushing and screening equipment handles it very well. We do gradation testing on samples every 500 tons. That’s six samples a day. And the product is very, very consistent. I couldn’t be happier with that. In addition, we move our entire crushing and screening sys-

tem fairly often, and the Terex Pegson and Powerscreen equipment sets up and tears down quickly and easily. “Also, our dealer, Powerscreen of California provides excellent service backup,” Cruse said. “They’re here anytime we need them, and sometimes they just show up on their own to check everything over onsite wherever we are. I’m so happy with the Terex Pegson and Powerscreen equipment that I’m considering getting more.” Part of the durability and dependability of the equipment and consistency of the products is due to the Paktronic control panel on the Terex Pegson cone crushers. This control sets the close setting and shows the current setting. Further, the control senses anything uncrushable entering the crushing chamber and lifts up (dumps) to allow it through and then automatically goes back to the current setting. The control also records and displays wear so the user can always tell how much life is left in the liners. The Terex Pegson 1300 and 1000 Maxtrak cone crushers include a feed hopper, product conveyor, crushing chamber and power pack on a single chassis. The plants are engineered for high specification, flexibility, mobility and low operating costs. The 1000 Maxtrak can crush up to 220 tons (200 t) per hour and the 1300 Maxtrak up to 420 tph (381 t), depending on the applica-

tion. Normally no prescreening is required. The hydraulic system can be adjusted quickly, even while crushing. The entire feederhopper assembly can be hydraulically lowered into the feed ring for transport or raised for re-metaling. The Terex Pegson XA400 26x44 jaw crusher is designed for powerful performance in high production quarrying, demolition and mining operations. An aggressive crushing action with a single-toggle, highswing jaw facilitates greater material entry to the crushing chamber. The design incorporates a hydraulic setting adjustment system that changes the jaw size at the press of a button for subsequent quick product sizing changes, thus reducing downtime. Throughput capacities range up to 400 tons (363 t) per hour, depending on material and setting. The Powerscreen Chieftain 2100 twodeck 20x5 dry screen is designed and built for large-scale operations. The unit provides constant, uniform sizing and can process up to 500 tons (453 t) per hour, depending on mesh size and material type. The force in the screen provides optimum performance in wet, sticky applications. The plant is highly mobile and sets up ready to run in 15 minutes. Typical applications include crushed stone, concrete/asphalt rubble, sand/gravel, topsoil and coal.

Eagle Peak’s crushing-screening system for a three-part asphalt rock mix includes a Terex Pegson XA400 26x44 jaw and 1300 and 1000 cones, plus one Powerscreen Chieftain 2100 two-deck dry screen and one Chieftain 2100 three-deck.

The Paktronic control panel on the Terex Pegson cone crushers sets the close side setting and shows the current setting. The control senses anything uncrushable entering the crushing chamber, lifts up (dumps) to allow it through and then automatically goes back to the original setting. It also records and shows liner wear.

Rock left over from 1930s gold dredging operations is now being crushed for use as aggregate products.

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Caltrans District 2 Selects Three Scholarship Winners The California Department of Transportation has selected three local students to receive the Caltrans District 2 Employee Scholarship. The scholarships were awarded to students attending college or an accredited trade school and pursuing a career in the transportation field. Winners included Naomi Willis, a graduate of University Preparatory School and currently attending Shasta College majoring in engineering; Merete Capener, who is attending Shasta College and majoring in

engineering; and Nicole Anderson, a graduate of Foothill High School, who is attending Sacramento State University and majoring in Transportation Law. This is the sixth year this scholarship has been available and was presented by the employees of Caltrans in District 2. Funds for the awards were raised by the employees and supplemented by the California Transportation Foundation. For more information, call 530/225-3481.

Ground Broken on New San Francisco General Hospital SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Construction is under way on a new, earthquake-safe San Francisco General Hospital. City officials gathered Oct. 22 to break ground on the $887 million project to replace the city’s only trauma center. The nine-story hospital will have 284 acute-care beds and be built among San Francisco General’s historic buildings on Potrero Avenue. Construction begins less than a year after

voters overwhelmingly approved the bond measure to fund the project. It’s expected to open by 2015, the year the state has set for hospitals to meet seismic upgrade requirements. Members of the Service Employees International Union who work at the hospital also were on hand for the groundbreaking, protesting recent layoffs and pay cuts.

Southern California Desert Highway Landmark Demolished DAGGETT, Calif. (AP) A California desert highway landmark is history. The central tower for the Solar One and Solar Two demonstration projects was demolished Nov. 24. It stood just east of Barstow near Daggett for nearly three decades and was a familiar site for interstate travelers headed for Las Vegas or Needles. It hasn’t produced any solar power for about 10 years. Southern California Edison’s

Paul Phelan said it’s been empty for about four years. Demolition began in June on the 51-acre site that included more than 1,800 giant mirrors. The Brea-based firm CST Environmental strapped explosives to two of the tower’s legs and brought it down Nov. 24. The projects paved the way for similar technology to be used on a larger scale and foretold the current solar power gold rush.

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Kenworth T800s Help Bigge Drayage Make Massive Moves When your last name is Bigge, it’s hard to imagine that you’ll do anything small. And in 1916, when Henry W. Bigge established Bigge Drayage Company, he set the stage for a company that’s lived up to the name. “For over 93 years, Bigge has played a critical role in the development of our country’s infrastructure,” said Gedge Knopf, Bigge major projects regional sales manager. “From handling the original Golden Gate Bridge girders and transporting Liberty Ship sections during World War II to handling major components up to and exceeding 1,500 tons in nuclear and refining facilities throughout the country, Bigge takes great pride in creatively and safely performing scopes of work that others consider impossible.” Such was the case when the San Leandro, Calif., company recently used two Kenworth T800s to pull and push a 220,000-lb. (99,790 kg), 103-ft. (31.4 m) long refinery vessel from Houston to Northern California. The super high and wide load required extensive logistics and a serpentine route over farm roads and through towns along a 3,000-mi. journey covering seven weeks. Proper gearing and like specifications allow the Kenworth trucks to operate in tandem. “The Kenworths T800s were spec’d with 550-horsepower engines with retarders, 18-speed transmissions, 2-speed Eaton rears [rated at 48,000 pounds], 20,000pound front axles with double frames,” said Chuck Beam, Bigge project superintendent. The Kenworth T800 pusher was utilized nearly the entire trip. “It’s a challenge, and, almost poetry in motion when having the

two trucks work in concert,” said Beam. “The lead Kenworth T800 is in charge when the load is moving [the drivers use company radios for communication]. He has the responsibility of letting the snap [pusher] truck know what to do and when to change gears. Quite often, on real tight turns, the snap truck does most of the work and brings the rear around to the proper position. It’s also the go-to vehicle when we go down hills. It holds the load back first and the lead truck then assists.” Kenworth has been the Bigge’s truck of choice for heavy hauls for decades. “Since I began working at Bigge in 1975, every new truck we have brought into the fleet has been a Kenworth,” said Beam, who noted that the company has 25 Kenworths. “We put a lot of demands on our trucks and Kenworth and our dealer, NorCal Kenworth — Bay Area, has always come through. The Kenworth T800s are robust, durable and can take the strain that comes their way when hauling extreme loads. Customers depend on us to handle the big loads, and we depend on Kenworths to get us where we need to be.” According to Beam, planning the recent move took three months, and involved closely working with Departments of Transportation in four states, cities, counties, and every utility in those areas to get permits in place. “It was a long trip, one of the longest of this type that I’ve been involved with at Bigge. On our best day, we covered 220 miles, but a typical day was more like 120 miles,” he said. “Since our overall length was 185 feet, and we were 20 feet wide at the rear dollies, it

With an overall length of 185 ft. (56 m) and a width of 20 ft. (6 m), there was constant height issues.

proved difficult to navigate roads. We had constant height issues, even in remote counties — we needed 19 feet, 6 inches to clear obstacles. It seemed every town had stop lights and sets of wires that were lower and had to be carefully slid over the load. ”We had other challenges as well. The Mogollon Rim in Arizona, and Tehachapi Grade in California both offered grades of 6 and 7 percent. The Rim also has a 20-miles downhill and required our drivers to be synchronized in the use of the retarders and gearing. If you’re doing it right, you’re never using the brakes. The

retarders should get you down the mountain.” Once the Kenworth T800s and refinery vessel crested the valley and the drivers saw the lights of the Bay Area, it was as if the Kenworths turned from hares to tortoises. “The most difficult challenge was saved for last,” said Beam. “There was a mess of wires, lights and turns that only allowed us to move 10 to 15 miles a night. We had a whole army of people lifting obstructions, but it was slow going. When we finally arrived at our destination, we let out our collective breaths. It was a long haul, but a

The Kenworth T800s were spec’d with 550 hp (410 kW) engine with retarders and 18 speed transmissions.

job well done. I’m proud of our guys.” About Bigge Bigge Equipment Company handles worldwide sales of new and used cranes and heavy-lift equipment representing the top crane manufacturers. Bigge Crane and Rigging Company is one of the nation’s largest crane rental fleets servicing the general construction, wind and refinery industries. Bigge Power Constructors undertakes some of the biggest heavy lifts and oversized moves in the nuclear power, petrochemical and civil construction industries.

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