Bridge Crew Pours It On To Overcome Flood Delays


Progress is coming along well on V&G's Corridor H bridge job in Handy County, W. Va.
Progress is coming along well on V&G’s Corridor H bridge job in Handy County, W. Va.

Neither Mother Nature nor numerous change-orders have fazed Vecellio & Grogan crews in Virginia and West Virginia.

In northeast West Virginia, floodwaters in the South Branch of the Potomac River swept across a temporary rock causeway, disrupting work on the final leg of steel erection on the $30.9 million Corridor H bridge. “It withstood the flooding pretty well,” says Matt Farley, V&G’s Structure Operations Engineer. “We had to move the cranes out and it was tough for a couple of days, but it didn’t wash away the causeway.”

The crews worked above the water assembling deck forms on the bridge’s 2,139 feet of structural steel. Some 5,100 cu. yds. of concrete – 8 1/4 inches thick – is being poured in 16 segments. Completion is expected by mid-May.

Changes Add To Site Work

In Virginia City, Va., where V&G was awarded a Dominion Virginia Power contract while the design phase was still underway, work is progressing well even as design changes have added to the project scope.

“We’ve been able to achieve steady production while accommodating the design updates that we knew would be a significant part of this job,” said Rick Hertzer, the division’s Chief Engineer. Changes include retaining walls and two bridges stout enough to hold up under fully loaded, 100-ton truck traffic.

Originally scheduled for completion in August, work is now expected to wrap up in February.

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