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Prince Contracting Spearheads I-75 Project in Macon rec ons tru ctio n The $54 mil lion wid enin g and th inte rsta te mon 30a of I-75 /SR 401 is imp rov eme nt pro ject .

By Cindy Riley


With the targeted completion date more in than two years away, construction crewsenwid of task the n begu have Macon, Ga., ing and reconstructing a portion of I-75d between Pierce Avenue and Arkwright Roa in Bibb County. According to general contractor Prince of Contracting LLC, the project begins south

the interchange at Pierce Avenue and ends rapproximately a half-mile north of the inteof nce dista a d, Roa ht wrig Ark change at approximately three-and-a-half miles (5.6 enkm). The improvements include the wid sixa to ion sect e -lan four ing of I-75 from a lane section, as well as interchange improvements, and bridge reconstructions at Pierce Avenue, Riverview Road, Sabbath Creek and Arkwright Road. see PRINCE page 2

of 75 to 150 ton (68 to 136 t) Crews will be using a number cranes to construct bridges.

Crews in Macon, Ga., have begun the task of widening and reconstructing a portion of I-75 between Pierce Avenue and Arkwright Road in Bibb County.

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Crews to Construct Seven Bridges Along Portion of I-75 PRINCE from page 1

Kimberly Larson, spokesperson of the Georgia Department of Transportation, said there was a real need for the expansion. “Increased traffic volume on that side of Bibb County was a definite concern. Also, there is a new mall and there has been an increase in industry growth, thus increasing the traffic counts. And just south of this project at I-16, we have an interchange project planned to begin in about five years,” Larson explained. Early work has involved the installation of erosion control devices and clearing operations, with heavier construction taking place in the weeks that followed. Soil-Tek Solutions of Norcross, Ga., was brought in to contain soil sediment through the use of installed silt fences and staked hay bale check dams and temporary slope drains. Soil-Tek began working on the project in mid-August and will provide erosion control through the duration of construction. Soil-Tek President Chad Hammock pointed out, “Due to the lack of rainfall, the ground has been very hard. So, the main concern is the ability to drive stakes and dig ditches at the required depths to install the necessary materials. However, on the flip side, the limited rainfall has helped in controlling erosion issues.” Crews will be using a Bobcat T250 with a trencher attachment to install the various silt fences and other material required to protect the disturbed areas of the project. Inlet sediment traps also will be put in place, along with 1,000 linear feet of temporary pipe slope drain and 14,000 linear ft. (305 m) of Type C silt fence. Other materials include 25,000 linear ft. (7,620 m) of baled straw check dam and 7,000 linear ft. (2,133 m) of barrier fence. “Soil-Tek Solutions is enthusiastic to provide erosion control services on this project. Given today’s economy, we are thrilled to be partnered on a project of this magnitude, and once it is completed, the improved traffic control should positively impact the local economy,” Hammock said. The $54 million widening and reconstruction of I-75/SR 401 from Pierce Avenue to Arkwright Drive is a 30-month interstate improvement project. As part of the construction effort, the general contractor will build seven bridges and install video detection systems at intersections, according to Senior Project Engineer Matthew Schumacher, Prince Contracting, a civil construction company that specializes in highway and bridge construction and site development projects, headquartered in Tampa, with offices throughout Florida and Georgia. Schumacher explained, “Some of the more major items we will be performing are moving all the earth, building the new road-

ways, except asphalt or concrete pavement and bridges. Our biggest challenges include building seven new bridges and constructing new MSE wall from the beginning of the project to Pierce, next to an environmentally sensitive area. The staging/phasing of the project is also a key task, as is raising the grade of the existing roadway five to 10 feet at and around the Pierce exit.”

sures. The stage does not call for any ramp closures, with final alignment calling for three lanes in each direction between Pierce and Arkwright. “We have been able to do some temporary traffic shifts which have allowed us to install the temp barrier wall and get started south of Pierce to construct the new box culverts so we can construct the MSE wall. We have

Some of the biggest challenges include building seven new bridges and constructing new MSE wall from the beginning of the project to Pierce, next to an environmentally sensitive area.

Crews will be using a number of 75 to 150 ton (68 to 136 t) cranes to construct bridges, as well as CAT 325, 330 and 345 backhoes and onroad trucks to move dirt. Cat D3, D5, and D6 dozers also will be utilized, along with a Cat 12H grader. Approximately 160,000 tons (145,149 t) of graded aggregate base will be used for the base, along with roughly 20,000 cu. yds., (15,291 cu m) of concrete for bridges and flatwork. Other materials include more than two million pounds of rebar for bridges, 22,000 linear ft. (6,705 m) of temporary barrier wall, about 69,000 sq. ft. (6,410 sq m) of new MSE wall, 15,500 linear ft. (4,724 m) of new storm drainage, more than 200 new storm drain structures, 40,000 sq. yds. (33,445 sq m) of new 12-in. (30.5 cm) concrete pavement and more than 218,000 tons (197,766 t) of new asphalt. Primary daytime shifts will mean an average workforce of 40 to 60 Prince employees, plus subcontractors, while the nighttime workforce will be periodic, with about 10 to 20 Prince employees, in addition to subs. Schumacher added, “So far the weather has been great, but we are fast approaching the winter/rain months, which will produce some demanding conditions.” There are no traffic detours set up for the project, which is phased so there will always be two lanes of traffic open in each direction, outside of nighttime or weekend lane clo-

installed temp barrier wall at Arkwright and Sabbath Creek and have started bridge work at these locations. We have the majority of the project cleared and erosion control in place, although we still have the majority of the project in front of us,” Schumacher said. “What’s tricky will be the overall staging in building new lanes on the inside and outside of the project during this first stage, and the coordinating that work along with the bridges to shift traffic. Coordination of the various subs whose work all ties together will also be challenging.” Coleman Webb LLC, Juliette, Ga., will be performing the bridge demolition for all the existing bridges scheduled for removal. Work began in early October, with the construction of a protective platform under one of the bridges that will be removed. “The protective platform is required on bridges that cross over the interstate in order to catch debris from falling onto the interstate during bridge removal activities,” explained Project Engineer Robin Webb. “We will be removing a number of old bridges as the project progresses and, therefore, our work will be on and off, probably extending for about two years. “The biggest obstacle is performing the work under traffic. Timing of construction activities that require lane closures of the interstate is always a critical issue. For instance, lane closures — and only single lane closures are allowed on this job — are

only permitted during nighttime hours on weekdays, but are allowed during the daytime on Saturdays and Sundays. With that being the case, much of our bridge removal activities will have to be timed accordingly,” added Webb. The Artis Group Inc., Lithonia, Ga., is responsible for the concrete bridge decking; specifically, the furnishing and placement of the metal decking, as well as the installation of reinforcing steel. “Each crew is five to six people, and we may have multiple crews depending on how much work is available,” explained Artis Project Manager Jenny Spinks. “We’ve been told we should be able to start in December or January, although it’s uncertain when our work will be complete. “For the decking, we’ll use a welding machine to weld angle iron to clips that where embedded into the beams while they were being made, cutoff saws for adjustments to the decking panels and drills to screw the panels to the angle iron. For the rebar, hand tools are required, basically a pair of pliers and wire cutters to wrap the wire around two pieces of re-bar where they intersect. “There are four bridges on this project and the materials vary per bridge, but the total quantities are 62,978 square feet of metal decking and 941 tons of re-bar. In this particular project weather will be a factor with us working through the coldest part of the winter. It’s also worth mentioning that metal decking’s only job is to keep the concrete on the bridge deck in place until it is cured. Some states, for instance, Mississippi, still use the old method by using plywood instead of metal, but the plywood has to be removed after the concrete has cureD.” Subcontractor Mid State Construction & Striping Incorporated, Perry, Ga., will handle all pavement markings tied to the construction. “We have begun some temporary traffic switches,” explained estimator Mark Massey. “The final pavement markings will be the near the end of the project. We are using paint trucks for all temporary traffic switches and they will be used prior to all the permanent striping. “Thermoplastic long line truck, thermo hand machines and tape applicators will be used to apply all permanent markings. The biggest challenge for us will be traffic while applying permanent markings. We will do this at night when the traffic count is at its lowest.” For now, overall construction appears to be on schedule. The GDOT hopes to unveil the changes by 2013. (This story also can be found on Construction Equipment Guide’s Web site at CEG

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Albany’s Flint Equipment to Carry Full Atlas Copco Line Flint Equipment Company, headquartered Flint Equipment Company, headquartered in Albany, Ga., is now the Atlas in Albany, Ga., is now the Atlas Copco Copco Construction Equipment distributor for the State of Construction Equipment distributor for the Georgia. State of Georgia. Flint Equipment will represent the full ACCE line including portable air compressors, portable generators, hydraulic attachments and handheld tools. “We have carried Atlas Copco hammers in the past and thought they were a good product. We wanted to continue what we offered from Atlas Copco,” said Todd Smith, operations manager at the Atlanta and Adairsville Flint Equipment Company locations. Mike Shannon, area sales manager of Atlas Copco Construction Equipment, commented that adding Flint Equipment to the distributor network “presents great opportunities for both Atlas Copco and Flint Equipment. “Flint Equipment’s broad footprint across Georgia and the surrounding areas, along with their experienced construction equipment sales teams and product support organsales and service location in 1932. It grew to the heavy conizations, are a great fit with Atlas Copco’s objectives of well to its reputation for quality sales and service. Flint Equipment personnel are in the process of receiving struction business, where it has had a presence for more than growth through strong distribution. “I’m thrilled to have Flint Equipment on board. They’re a training on Atlas Copco systems and products to ensure that 40 years as a full-service dealer of new and used construcsuperior dealer and I’ve been enjoying working with them.” their customers receive the highest quality representation tion, forestry, utility, compaction and mining equipment. It Shannon added that Flint’s success as a John Deere engine and product support for the Atlas Copco equipment lines rep- now has 17 offices in three states with nearly 300 employees. supplier over a six-state area, along with its extensive agri- resented. Flint Equipment Company started out small as a tractor For more information, visit cultural and forestry equipment distribution network, speaks

Golfers Come Together Full Swing for GUCAGolf Event GUCA members hit the greens on Sept. 20, 59. The second place team consisted of Todd 2010, at the Chateau Elan Golf Course in Jenkins, MSC Waterworks of Jonesboro Inc.; Braselton, Ga., for the 2010 GUCA Larry S. Jeff Hortman, MSC Waterworks of Jonesboro McReynolds Golf Tournament to raise money Inc.; Lane Hale, MSC Waterworks of for GUCA educational programs. Jonesboro Inc.; and Keith Johnson, Truan GUCA has the opportunity to give back to Sales, with a score of 56. the industry by providing scholarships to colThe first place team included William Jones, lege students in construction degree programs Consolidated Pipe & Supply Co., Inc., David as well as other educational endeavors such as Kerr, Consolidated Pipe & Supply Co. Inc.; school-to-work programs for high school stuTony Rojas, Macon Water Authority; and dents and HEO programs for those seeking Johnny Walker, John R. Walker Inc., with a career opportunities in utility construction and score of 54. includes helping send funds to NUCA The overall winning team for the tournaFoundation for Education and Research. ment was William Jones, Consolidated Pipe & With 140 players in attendance, this year’s Supply Co. Inc.; David Kerr, Consolidated event included two tournaments going on at the Pipe & Supply Co. Inc.; Tony Rojas, Macon same time on two different courses with 40 Water Authority; and Johnny Walker, John R. teams total. Walker Inc., with a score of 54. They will get The Chateau tournament winners include the distinct privileged of keeping the GUCA third place team Keith Steen, P.F. Moon & Overall tournament winning team of (L-R) Johnny Walker, David Kerr, William golf trophy cup. Company Inc.; Dan Carter, Eco-Tech Inc.; and Jones and Tony Rojas take home the trophy for the 2010 GUCA Larry S. The winner of the longest drive competition Steven Bishop, Eco-Tech Inc., with a score of McReynolds Golf Tournament. for the Chateau tournament was Joshua 61. The second place team consisted of Kyle Edwards, Brown, Nelms & Co. PC. The winGrant, Ferguson Waterworks; Edwin Nuscher, ner for the longest drive competition for the Ferguson Waterworks; Mitch Stephens, John D. Stephens & Singleton, with a score of 54. Woodlands tournament was Kevin Houston, PGA Store. The Woodlands tournament winners included third place Inc.; and Lawton Wilson, Ferguson Waterworks, with a The closest to the pin winner for the Chateau tournament team John Garde, Frankie Thompson Enterprises Inc.; was Greg Fuqua, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Inc. The winner score of 60. Taking home first place team honors include Mark Quinton Standifer, Frankie Thompson Enterprises Inc.; Greg for the closest to the pin for the Woodlands tournament was Accetturo, Reynolds Inc.; Joe Wright, Arcadis; David Ard, Young, Frankie Thompson Enterprises Inc.; and Craig Paul Root, Advanced Drainage Systems. Valiant Steel & Equipment Inc.; and Peter Johns, Wiedman Zupan, Frankie Thompson Enterprises Inc., with a score of For more information, visit

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‘Peach State’ Highway Project Bids

The Georgia State Department of Transportation received bids for transportation-related improvement projects. Following is a list of some of the projects let. County: Camden Contract ID: B13838-10-000-0 District: 75503 Location: 0.969 mile of construction of an interchange on I95/SR 405 at Horsestamp Church Road (CR 138). Project: NH000-0095-01 (167) Contractors and Bid Amounts: • Plant Improvement Co. Inc. & Rogers Bridge Co. — $10,934,038 • Hubbard Construction Company — $11,828,695 • R.B. Baker Construction Inc. — $12,375,017 • Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Inc. — $13,846,292 • Dixie Roadbuilders Inc. — $14,495,664 Completion Date: July 31, 2012 County: Gordon Contract ID: B13842-10-000-0 District: 76601 Location: Intersection improvements and installation of intersection video detection systems (VDS) on SR 156 at College St. (CS 782). Project: STP00-0000-00 (308) Contractors and Bid Amounts: • Northwest Georgia Paving Inc. — $822,427 • Butch Thompson Enterprises Inc. — $990,277 • C.W. Matthews Contracting Co. Inc. — $1,165,192 Completion Date: May 31, 2012 County: Dooly Contract ID: B13857-10-S00-0 District: 73303 Location: 5.431 mi. of pavement replacement on I-75/SR 401 beginning at Pinehurst-Hawkinsville Road (CR 323) and extending north of SR 230. Project: CSNHS-M003-00 (340) Contractors and Bid Amounts: • C.W. Matthews Contracting Co. Inc. — $26,537,486 • The Scruggs Company — $26,574,723 • E.R. Snell Contractor Inc. — $26,660,869 • McCarthy Improvement Company — $26,678,775 • Archer Western Contractors LTD. — $28,042,430 • Reeves Construction Company — $29,268,700 Completion Date: December 31, 2012 Counties: Dekalb, Gwinnett Contract ID: B13828-10-000-1 District: 71105 Location: 18.75 miles of construction of HOV lane conversion to HOT lanes on I-85/SR 403 beginning south of Shallowford Road and extending north of LawrencevilleSuwanee Road.

Project: CSMSL000900295 Contractors and Bid Amounts: • World Fiber Technologies Inc. — $11,721,522 • Massana Construction LLC — $12,958,630 • Infrasource Underground Construction Services LLC — $16,432,073 • R.J. Haynie & Associates Inc. — $16,612,921 • Midasco LLC — $18,818,818 • Pittman Construction Company — $22,117,344 Completion Date: July 31, 2011 County: Muscogee Contract ID: B13817-10-000-0 District: 73307 Location: 1.198 miles of construction consisting of grading, drainage, base and plant mix resurfacing on the eastern connector beginning south of 10th Armored Division Road and extending north of U.S. 80/SR 22 (Macon Rd.). Project: CSSTP-0008-00 (635) Contractors and Bid Amounts: • Robinson Paving Company – $4,280,536 • C.W. Matthews Contracting Co. Inc. — $4,368,721 • McMath-Turner Construction Company — $4,380,198 • E.R. Snell Contractor Inc. — $4,759,439 • Southeastern Site Development Inc. — $4,877,035 • Gary’s Grading and Pipeline Co. Inc. – $5,998,493 Completion Date: December 31, 2011 County: Houston Contract ID: B13812-10-000-0

District: 73303 Location: 0.715 mile of construction of a bridge and approaches on Ball Street Exit over Big Indian Creek. Project: CSHPP-0007-00 (549) Contractors and Bid Amounts: • Southern Concrete Construction Inc. — $1,495,696 • Rogers Bridge Company Inc. — $1,612,027 • C.W. Matthews Contracting Co. Inc. — $1,651,777 • Sunbelt Structures Inc. — $1,739,589 • G.P.’s Enterprises Inc. — $1,786,060 • Gregory Bridge Company — $1,806,710 • McCarthy Improvement Company — $2,115,318 • Scott Bridge Company — $2,167,079 Completion Date: July 31, 2011 County: Barrow Contract ID: B13816-10-000-0 District: 71105 Location: Traffic signal upgrades and installation of intersection video detection systems (VDS) at various locations. Project: CSSTP-0007-00 (356) Contractors and Bid Amounts: • Brooks-Berry-Haynie & Assoc. Inc. — $496,527 • Bass Signal Corporation — $518,072 • R.J. Haynie & Associates Inc. — $522,054 • B & J Paving Inc. — $554,294 • Midasco LLC — $560,800 • Comtrac Services Inc. — $569,080 • World Fiber Technologies Inc. — $628,066 • Metropower Inc. — $759,367 Completion Date: August 31, 2011

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