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Beaver Excavating Crews Make History in a Big Way Sixteen miles of four-lane divided highway. Twenty-one bridges. Five interchanges. Twenty million cu. yds. of excavation. 300,000 sq. ft. of mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) wall. The Beaver Excavating Company is making history by helping complete the Ohio Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) massive Southern Ohio Veterans Memorial Highway (State Route 823) project. And they’re making it happen in less than four years —three years and eight months, to be exact. Once completed, the highway will bypass approximately 26 mi. of U.S. routes 52 and 23 through the City of Portsmouth in Scioto County. This project is one for the books. With a $430 million design and construction price tag, it’s Ohio’s largest project in terms of dollar value and earthwork volume. It’s also a design-build-finance-operate-maintain (DBFOM) project set up as a P3 (public-private partnership), which makes it the first of its kind in ODOT history. ODOT’s public-private partner is a group of companies known as the Portsmouth Gateway Group. Additionally, the Beaver
the largest heavy civil and highway infrastructure construction companies in Ohio and the surrounding region. “Beaver Excavating is familyowned, field-centric and we have a strong safety culture,” said Chad Ratkovich, Beaver Excavating project manager. “These attributes make us a good fit for this job. Our success is based on adherence to our company core values and positioning ourselves competitively by partnering with companies that complement our strengths. We’re honored to be part of this project.” see HIGHWAY page 4
The Beaver Excavating Company is making history by helping complete the Ohio Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) massive Southern Ohio Veterans Memorial Highway (State Route 823) project.
Excavating Company, Dragados USA Inc. and The John R. Jurgensen Company formed the Portsmouth Joint Venture (PJV), which is responsible for managing
$430 million worth of design and construction aspects of the project. Established in 1953, Beaver Excavating has grown from humble beginnings to become one of
Once completed, the highway will bypass approximately 26 mi. of U.S. routes 52 and 23 through the City of Portsmouth in Scioto County.
Executive Order to Enable Connected Vehicle Technologies Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich signed an executive order creating a one-stop shop that will make it easier for researchers to advance connected and autonomous vehicle technologies. The new center, DriveOhio, will bring together those responsible for building infrastructure in Ohio with those who are developing new transportation technologies to better coordinate efforts and connect trans-
portation providers with automotive and equipment manufacturers. “Just as the Wright Brothers gave birth to flight here in Ohio, we are positioning the state to lead on developing the vehicles, highways and smart transportation technologies of the future,” said Kasich. “Our goal is to make Ohio the premiere destination for researchers, developers and man-
ufacturers to test, build and deploy advanced mobility solutions that will make our roads safer and less congested.” Initially, DriveOhio will be housed within the Ohio Department of Transportation. In order to ensure the center is meeting the needs and see TECHNOLOGIES page 5
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ONLA Holds Annual MGIX Trade Show, Conference
he Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association (ONLA) held its annual MGIX trade show and conference at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio, on Jan. 15 to 17. Focused on a wide range of environmental, landscape and nursery related issues, the event attracted owner/operators, designers, architects, growers, arborists, retailers and other industry specialists from Ohio and surrounding states. Celebrating its 110th year, the association kicked off the event with an annual business meeting on Jan. 15 and an anniversary breakfast event geared toward networking opportunities on Jan. 16. A series of general education sessions combined with Ohio State University sessions were offered throughout the three day event. Topics ranged from family business transition plans to plant propagation and garden design to safety issues and industry research. One portion of the show floor also was designated as the “Climbers Corner” where arboriculture and climbing technique demonstrations were conducted. With more than 1,300 members, the
Mark Hash (L), Murphy Tractor & Equipment, talks with one of the dealership’s newest representatives, David Cooper, about the lineup of John Deere machines.
Ditch Witch Mid-States’ Sam Swartz (L) is joined by Ditch Witch Regional Manager Javen Moore to greet attendees at the dealership’s equipment display.
Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association (ONLA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the success and growth of green industry business and serves contractors, arborists, maintenance firms, nursery stock growers and suppliers involved with Ohio’s nursery and landscape industry. (This story also can be found on Construction Equipment Guide’s website at www.constructionequipmentguide.com.) CEG
(L-R): A full contingent of Bobcat Enterprises representatives, including Bud Pack, Bobcat Company district manager; Buzz Helser; Lenny Garrard, Bobcat Enterprises’ Doosan territory manager; Marty Grace; and Tim Cannon were on hand to discuss the dealership’s lineup of landscape and nursery equipment. (L-R): Ohio Cat’s Alex Gajewski, Linda Meier and Brian Speelman stand ready to talk about Caterpillar equipment at the show.
Susan Vitaz, AGGCORP, discusses the company’s equipment-based solutions for the aggregate, topsoil and recycling industries.
Taylor Dunifon of JD Equipment had a great deal of landscape and nursery related equipment to present at the show, including this John Deere compact track loader equipped with a Boss snow plow.
Jim McLaughlin, representing Bobcat Enterprises’ new addition of Bandit Industries wood and waste processing equipment, speaks with Site-Scape’s Daniel Downing.
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Firm Uses Hitachi Excavators to Move Dirt … Lots of It HIGHWAY from page 1
Tough Earthmoving For the project’s 20 million cu. yds. of earthmoving, Beaver Excavating brought its Hitachi EX1200 mining excavators on site. The company worked with its local Hitachi dealer Murphy Tractor & Equipment Co., which is celebrating its 35th anniversary, to add two EX1200 excavators to the fleet to handle the project demands. This brought the grand total to six EX1200 excavators on site. “On this project, we’re averaging 1 million cubic yards of excavated material a month with the six Hitachi machines we’re running,” said Rich Stidd, Beaver Excavating superin-
tendent who also has operating experience. “Peak production has hit 1.7 million cubic yards.” The numbers don’t lie, and Stidd is pleased with the machines’ performance. “When anyone asks my opinion on production machines, my first choice and suggestion is always going to be Hitachi due to the production, longevity and the overall brand,” Stidd said. It’s important to mention that the project’s “earthmoving” consists of 97 percent rock — sandstone, shale and limestone — that must be blasted every day. Beaver Excavating also is making cuts as deep as 200 ft. and using the material
for fill on other parts of the project. Jeremiah Johnson, Beaver Excavating field manager, said coordination is key to keeping the project on track. “We’re blasting every day — sometimes twice a day — and that takes a lot of coordination,” Johnson said. “You get into a rhythm, ramp up production and then you might hit a roadblock. The important thing is how you react to that to keep the project moving.” Life in the Fast Line Initially, ODOT planned for the bypass to be a traditional, three-phase project. However, the plan changed when the P3
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driveways. Using the new highway, ODOT estimates a travel time savings of 16 minutes. Beaver Excavating started the project in June 2015 and anticipates completion at the end of 2018. And Stidd said the company’s Hitachi excavators will continue to be a major part of crossing the finish line. “Hitachi has played a huge “The productivity and durability of role on the largest earthmoving in Ohio,” Stidd said. “The the machines has kept the project on project productivity and durability of the machines has kept the project on pace. Hitachi gets the job done.” pace. Hitachi gets the job done.”
option became available. “The P3 option of delivering all 16 miles of roadway as a single-phase project opened up due to legislation, and it accelerated the project timeline by 17 years,” Ratkovich said. Ratkovich said the P3 also allows ODOT
Project at a Glance: • 16 mi. of roadway • 4 lanes of divided highway • 26 mi. of bypassed highway • 5 interchanges • 21 bridges • 20 million cu. yds. of excavation • 300,000 sq. ft. of MSE wall • $430 million design and construction (This story was reprinted with permission from Hitachi Breakout Magazine, Fall 2017 issue.) (This story also can be found on Construction Equipment Guide’s website at www.constructionequipmentguide.com.)
Executive Order Creates One-Stop for Research TECHNOLOGIES from page 1
keeping up with innovations in the industry, an expert advisory board will be created. The board will include leaders in the automotive, telecommunications, software development, insurance, data, cyber security industries, as well as researchers and developers, among others. As a first step, the department issued a Request for Proposals asking teams of engineering, technology and data companies to compete for a contract to develop a statewide technology and data framework for its smart mobility initiative. The executive order also calls upon the Department of Transportation to begin outfitting its fleet vehicles with devices that that can start tracking data that will be beneficial to advancing connectedvehicle research. Last year, Ohio announced the creation of new smart highway projects to complement
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The Ohio State Department of Transportation received bids for transportation-related improvement projects. The following is a list of some of the projects let. Project No: 170530 Type: Bridge replacement (3 bridges). Location: CUY-IR 90-26.16/VAR. State Estimate: $14,182,000 Contractors and Bid Amounts: • Ruhlin Company, Sharon Center, Ohio — $14,822,784 • J D Williamson Construction Company Inc., Tallmadge, Ohio — $14,863,747 • Great Lakes Construction Company, Hinckley, Ohio — $15,552,737 • Kokosing Construction Company Inc., Columbus, Ohio — $18,621,621 Completion Date: July 1, 2020 Project No: 170588 Type: Preventive maintenance. Location: ATH-SR 144-00.00. State Estimate: $1,512,000 Contractors and Bid Amounts: • Shelly & Sands Inc., Columbus, Ohio — $1,508,151 • Shelly Company, Thornville, Ohio — $1,763,385 Completion Date: Sept. 1, 2018 Project No: 170593 Type: Intersection. Location: GRE-SR 4-01.54. State Estimate: $1,563,000 Contractors and Bid Amounts: • Complete General Construction Co., Columbus, Ohio — $1,610,003 • John R Jurgensen Co., Cincinnati, Ohio — $1,617,682 • Sunesis Construction Co., West Chester, Ohio — $1,638,806 • Milcon Concrete Inc., Troy, Ohio — $1,700,731 • Brumbaugh Construction Inc., Arcanum, Ohio — $1,745,387 • Double Z Construction Co., Columbus, Ohio — $1,763,923 • Eclipse Co. LLC, Chagrin Falls, Ohio — $1,777,852 • R B Jergens Contractors Inc., Vandalia, Ohio — $1,792,850 • Barrett Paving Materials Inc., Franklin, Ohio — $1,883,915 • Eagle Bridge Co., Sidney, Ohio — $1,884,937 Completion Date: Sept. 30, 2018
Project No: 170597 Type: Bridge replacement (1 bridge). Location: MOT-IR 70-03.34. State Estimate: $5,472,000 Contractors and Bid Amounts: • Brumbaugh Construction Inc., Arcanum, Ohio — $5,304,308 • Shelly & Sands Inc., Columbus, Ohio — $5,490,332 • Complete General Construction Co., Columbus, Ohio — $5,520,438 • Double Z Construction Co., Columbus, Ohio — $5,538,732 • Miller Bros Construction Inc., Archbold, Ohio — $5,547,709 • Great Lakes Construction Co., Hinckley, Ohio — $5,683,309 • Eagle Bridge Co., Sidney, Ohio — $5,695,354 • Kokosing Construction Co. Inc., Columbus, Ohio — $5,977,819 • Sunesis Construction Co., West Chester, Ohio — $6,217,297 Completion Date: Sept. 30, 2018
Project No: 170594 Type: Two lane resurfacing. Location: HAR-SR 67/SR 117/SR 235-00.00/01.58/00.00. State Estimate: $1,160,000 Contractors and Bid Amounts: • Shelly Company, Thornville, Ohio — $1,127,977 • Bluffton Paving Inc., Bluffton, Ohio — $1,190,883 Completion Date: Sept. 30, 2018
Project No: 170600 Type: Two lane resurfacing. Location: PIC-US 22/US 62-00.00/00.00. State Estimate: $4,348,000. Contractors and Bid Amounts: • Shelly Company, Thornville, Ohio — $4,065,592 • John R Jurgensen Company, Cincinnati, Ohio — $4,164,178
• Kokosing Construction Co. Inc., Columbus, Ohio — $4,546,788 Completion Date: Oct. 15, 2018 Project No: 170602 Type: Four lane resurfacing. Location: TUS-US 250-17.36. State Estimate: $2,294,000 Contractors and Bid Amounts: • Shelly & Sands Inc., Columbus, Ohio — $2,553,245. • Karvo Companies Inc., Stow, Ohio — $2,853,667 • The Lash Paving Company, St. Clairsville, Ohio — $3,250,161 Completion Date: Sept. 30, 2018 Project No: 177034 Type: Slide repair. Location: COL-SR 7-04.35. State Estimate: $2,870,000 Contractors and Bid Amounts: • Shelly & Sands Inc., Columbus, Ohio — $2,380,019 • A P O’Horo Co., Youngstown, Ohio — $2,454,000 • Lockhart Concrete Co., Akron, Ohio — $2,599,485 • Kokosing Construction Co. Inc., Columbus, Ohio — $2,623,526 • Alan Stone Co. Inc., Cutler, Ohio — $2,979,581 • Eclipse Co. LLC, Chagrin Falls, Ohio — $3,167,764 • Brayman Construction Corporation, Saxonburg, Pa. — $3,595,744 Completion Date: Oct. 31, 2018
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