A Roadway Bridge Project in Coastal Florida
Lee County, Florida needed to replace dilapidated canal bridge walls on the southern end of Pine Island, a coastal area containing a wildlife refuge and residential communities near Fort Myers. These canal bridges support a major traffic artery, so Lee County needed to update the bridge walls with strong, modern, and long-lasting materials to serve those traveling in and out of the Island’s Cherry Estates community.
The Everlast manufacturing and engineering teams collaborated with the contractor, Kelly Brothers Marine Construction, to create a competitive proposal involving super-durable composite sheet piling and cost-effective installation plans. To help Kelly Brothers land the job, Everlast manufacturers also adjusted the resin formulation of the 47.5 Series sheet pile to meet the criteria for the client’s specifications.
With the contributions from the Everlast team, Kelly Brothers came out as the low bidding contractor, and won the job.
The presiding challenge of the installation process was straightforward: keep traffic flowing throughout the build. The Kelly Brothers delivered on that challenge, while managing to tackle a more daring issue, which was cutting through our composite sheet piling from underwater.
The supporting walls for the roadway into Cherry Estates had to allow flushing of the canals to improve the health of the waterways. Toto accommodate and upgrade the old pass-through pipes, the Kelly Brothers sent a diver down to drill 36-inch holes in the Everlast composite sheets. The team required required an air-driven saw to cut through the 47.5 Series sheet piling and allow for the insertion of new plastic pipes within the rusted drainage system.
ESP composite piling is made of very hard materials, and it’s built for durability, so sawing through our product ate up new and perfectly sharp saw blades in seconds. The crew was constantly running out in search of new blades during this process, but between the tenacity of the contractor was able to meet the strength of the sheet piling, and the effort was a success.
To support the drainage system, the contractor pushed polyethylene pipes through the old, broken metal pipes and out through ESP the walls, allowing water to flow between one side of the bridge to the other.
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To complete this project, Everlast provided the materials and know-how to replace eight bridge walls and the surrounding support walls. Our partners, the Kelly Brothers, were able to complete construction amid serious challenges without disrupting traffic. Together, we did it on time without going over budget.
Everlast works with contractors to flexibly adjust terms and conditions to get the final contract. If you need flexibility and innovation to win the bid and deliver on your next project, get in touch with us.
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Below are some of the images of this canal bridge wall project!