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A Closer Look at the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Project

In total, MCK laid down approximately 30,000 tons (27,216 t) of hot mix asphalt for the project and used roughly 20 workers on site at any given time.

Thu January 22, 2015 - West Edition
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When a bridge carries approximately 270,000 vehicles a day, the approach ramps and access roads are just as vital of an element as the actual span; it’s a well-oiled machine, in a way — if one part of the transportation link comes up short or doesn’t do its job, the whole system could fail in its goal to alleviate traffic congestion.

For the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, MCK Services Inc., based in Martinez, Calif., was the contractor for Phase 3, the final phase of the massive project, which involved paving approximately 1 mi. (1.6 km) of approach and access roads to the new bridge. Working under general contractor Flatiron Construction Corp., MCK Services Inc. began the project in July 2012 and wrapped up work July 2014. Its portion of the contract was worth $3 million.

In total, MCK laid down approximately 30,000 tons (27,216 t) of hot mix asphalt for the project and used roughly 20 workers on site at any given time. Double shifts were employed, including weekends.

Equipment would prove to be just as important on the project. MCK Services already had one Vogele 5100 paver in its fleet, but for this job, it would need another one, which it purchased from Nixon-Egli Equipment Company. The choice to purchase another 5100 from Nixon-Egli was an easy one according to John Moffat, vice president of operations of MCK Services.

“When we tested the Vogele, the screed gave us the smoothness we were looking for,” he said. “It gave us the grade control we also were looking for and it was capable of laying the various lane widths, from an 8-foot shoulder to the 12-foot thru lanes.”

Moffat added that he and his crews appreciated the operator-friendly control and features of the Vogele 5100 paver and its advanced electronics that he called a “step ahead of the competition.”

For Moffat, buying from Nixon-Egli is just as “friendly” as the controls of the 5100 paver.

“They [Nixon-Egli] feel like family,” he said. “They are there when we need them. We have done business with them for more than 15 years, and in this industry, it’s definitely about relationships, and we have a very good one with Nixon-Egli.”

About MCK

Services Inc.

The contractor specializes in reconstruction and resurfacing of existing roadways, highways and parking lots. With many of its employees having more than 20 years of experience in the industry, MCK has the expertise to handle any asphalt paving project, the company’s Web site states. Its fleet of equipment is modern and continually being updated to accommodate all of its customer needs. MCK’s fleet of paving and grinding machines allow it to provide a combination of options to service all grinding and paving projects. The contractor has been in business 20 years and its owner is Mark Haven.


Nixon-Egli Equipment Company

For the past 40 years, Nixon-Egli Equipment Company has been supplying its customers with quality road construction equipment. Its product line is extensive, specializing in road construction, cranes and municipal equipment, including Wirtgen America, Vogele, Hamm, Kleemann, LeeBoy-Rosco, Link-Belt, Johnston, PB Loader, Midland Machinery, Arrow-Master, Gradall, Zieman, HTC, Miller Spreader Co., and more. Nixon-Egli operates from two facilities: In Northern California in Tracy and Ontario in Southern California.

For more information, call 209/830-8600 (Tracy) and 909/930-1822 (Ontario), or visit

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