Contributed Case History: Building Bridges with Steel Girder Formwork
The $63 million Donald Bridge project started in February 2011 and was completed in the Fall of 2012. The formwork duration of the project was six months.
Using Doka’s specialized Girder system is a solution recommended for contractors building bridges with long spans, quick deadlines, and overall safety concerns. Both the Indian Street Bridge and the Donald Bridge were constructed quickly, safely, and in accordance with the intricate details of the designs and changing conditions.
This article was contributed on behalf of DOKA.
[Indian St 1] John Blankenmeier, Project Engineer (left) and and Wayne Bennett, Bridge Foreman (right) of Archer Western Contractors at the Indian Street River Bridge Project in Palm City, FL.
[Indian St 2] The 120-ft. long caps and detailed design on the Indian Street Bridge called for innovative techniques to be used on site.
[Indian St 3] The column heights range from 13 ft. to 54 ft. to the underside of the cap.
[Indian St 4 – aerial] The 3,100-ft. long Indian Street Bridge consists of 18 multi-span hammerhead caps all formed with Doka’s Steel Girder formwork.
[ Donald Bridge 1] On the Donald Bridge project, the flexibility of the Girder system allowed Flatiron to erect and strip the forms in smaller sections, which saved on the added cost of using a much larger crane.
[Donald Bridge 2 & 3] Flatiron faced environmental concerns of the surrounding area including a fishery, wildlife, and sensitive land.
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