PA’s Route 309 Hums With Work

Tue November 05, 2002 - Northeast Edition
Darryl Seland

Route 309, running through Montgomery County, PA, is seeing its share of construction activity this fall. The roadway is lined with construction equipment in a flurry of improvement and expansion projects. Some of the construction firms in charge of these projects include Nyleve Bridge Corporation, Vito Braccia Concrete & Building Contractor and S.C. & E.K. Fisher.

Nyleve Bridge Corp.

Nyleve Bridge Corp., of Emmaus, PA, is working on two bridges over Route 309 as part of a $14.7-million Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) project to improve a 10-mi. (16 km) stretch of the artery running through Montgomery County.

The contractor is lengthening the bridge at the Route 309/PA Turnpike interchange in Fort Washington, PA, to accommodate traffic entering and exiting the toll road. The project calls for the construction of new bridge abutments, excavation and temporary sheeting in preparation for road widening.

The plan also includes construction of a new retaining wall and an access road.

A highlight of the project includes the use of a high-performance mix on the turnpike bridge. The work is being done using a Gradall 4200, a Caterpillar 225 with hammer attachments, and P&H 35-ton (31.5 t) conventional and 28-ton (25.2 t) cranes.

The construction of the turnpike bridge is being completed in three phases and is scheduled for completion in October 2003.

The second bridge, at Summit Avenue and Route 309, is a single-span steel bridge 1 mi. (1.6 km) north of the turnpike bridge.

Crews will complete foundation, excavation and construction of the abutments, and build bridge walls on both sides of Route 309. Because of its importance as a local passageway, the span is expected open to traffic by Nov. 7, 2002. According to Nyleve, the project is on schedule.

James D. Morrissey is providing services for the excavation, drainage and paving of the bridges and Schnabel is taking care of the temporary shoring needed for the project.

Vito Braccia Concrete &

Building Contractor

Vito Braccia Concrete & Building Contractor, of Horsham, PA, is serving as the primary contractor on a project to build a Residence Inn by Marriott on Route 309 near Route 63. The company is responsible for the bulk site work for the building, the plumbing excavation and the excavation and concrete work. The plans call for occupation in August 2003.

Six months ago the contractor invested in a Somero S-100 laser screed to aid in the company’s concrete work.

The S-100 was designed to offer laser screed technology to smaller industrial projects, commercial work and residential jobs. The 8 ft. (2.4 m) wide screeding head is mounted on a 12-ft. (3.6 m) telescoping boom, producing approximately 100 sq. ft. (9.3 sq m) of screeded concrete on every pass.

According to Somero, the S-100 can handle low slump concrete, larger aggregate mixes and fibrous concrete and can work on jobs as small as 1,000 sq. ft. (92 sq m) to as large as 20,000 sq. ft. (1,858 sq m) or larger. The machine’s compact size and screed head can work around obstacles and provide increased maneuverability.

Vito Braccia, owner/operator of Vito Braccia Concrete & Building Contractors said, the Somero S-100 laser screed has been working out “excellently,” saving the company time and effort, reducing manpower and improving accuracy on its job sites.

S.C. & E.K. Fisher

S.C. & E.K. Fisher of Pottstown, PA, with Reynold Todd as its president, is completing the site work for a new Car Sense on Route 309 near the Sellersville Bypass.

Car Sense is a retailer of pre-owned vehicles from Focus to Mercedes. The new 14-acre (5.7 ha) lot will feature room for 450 vehicles and a full service department.

Fisher is responsible for the site work, from clearing to paving, including trenching for the installation of storm sewer, sanitary and electric conduit; 2,500 cu. yds. (1,911 cu m) of pipe work; 30,000 cu. yds. (22,937 cu m) of excavated dirt and 20,000 sq. yds. (16,723 cu m) of pavement.

The project began in June and is set for completion at the end of November 2002.

Neuber Concrete is the project’s curb subcontractor with Bechtel Paving in charge of the paving.