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Four stream crossings blaze trail to new facility

February 16, 2012

web1(250)Before construction could begin on the new, $380 m Western Wake Water Reclamation Facility – a cooperative project shared by Apex, Cary, Holly Springs and Morrisville, NC – an access road with four stream crossings was needed to carry the heavy construction equipment. The route will also function as the facility’s permanent access road.

The project had been delayed in the early stages, so speedy manufacturing became a major contract requirement. Big R Bridge was chosen to design and supply our cost-effective Super•Cor and Bolt-A-Plate Structural Plate crossing solutions on an accelerated schedule. This project had its share of challenges, yet we still managed to finish on time. 

Mid-project redesigns and environmental considerations 

web2(250)Midway through manufacturing, the contractor, Crowder Construction, needed to make a few alterations. Design changes can throw production schedules off course, but Big R’s team worked closely with Crowder to ensure we kept pace. Speedy installation by the experienced team at Plate Erectors Inc helped the cause and earned high marks from the client.

Stream crossing installations require certain environmental considerations. The wide spans and modular ring installation method of Big R’s structural plate crossings allowed for easy construction with minimal impact on the streams’ curving banks.

» More on Big R’s stream crossing / fish passage solutions 


Project-at-a-glance

Scope: Bolt-A-Plate and Super•Cor Arches (4 Total)

  • Bolt-A-Plate: Span 24', Rise 10' 4", Length 56', skewed 25˚ to stream alignment
  • Super•Cor: Span 42' 2", Rise 14' 7", Length 55'
  • Super•Cor: Span 42' 2", Rise 14' 7", Length 58'
  • Super•Cor: Span 32', Rise 11'  Length 52' 6"

Location: Apex, NC
Owner: Western Wake Partners
Consultants:  Arcadis, CH2M Hill, and IBI Group
Contractors: Crowder Construction