Solving the Challenge of Formwork Stripping Relief
Highway Construction Project to Grow Local Economy
The U.S. 75 Grayson County Highway project aims to improve transportation infrastructure in Grayson County, Texas. It is expected to benefit the local economy by creating jobs during construction and improving transportation connectivity in the area. The project is being broken down into stages to reduce the effect on traffic flow and is anticipated to wrap up by 2024.
Improving Transportation on U.S. Highway 75
The U.S. 75 project involves expanding the existing highway to increase capacity and improve safety for motorists. The project includes the construction of additional lanes, bridges, and box culverts to facilitate traffic flow and allow water to flow under the highway. The construction also involves upgrading existing bridges and overpasses to meet safety standards.
Box Culvert Construction | Safe & Reliable
Box culverts provide a safe and reliable means of conveying water while minimizing environmental impact and reducing construction costs. As a result, box culverts have become increasingly popular in infrastructure projects worldwide, including highways, railways, and pedestrian paths.
Construction of Large Triple Box Culvert
Zachry Construction Corporation, a building firm based in San Antonio, Texas, with roots stretching back to 1924, is the main contractor for the U.S. 75 Grayson County Highway venture. Zachry Construction was tasked with the job of changing the course of the East Fork Post Oak Creek by building a 10′ x 10′ x 350′ long (3 m x 3 m x 107 m long) triple box culvert. To help them accomplish this quickly and reach a high production rate, they chose EFCO’s Box Culvert Traveler as their formwork solution.
EFCO Invert Assembly Formwork Solution for Smooth Operation & Cycling
EFCO provided a formwork solution that included one 32′-8″ (10.0 m) wide x 36′ (11.0 m) long invert gang assembly, enabling the contractor to pour a 36′ (11.0 m) long culvert base slab with 5″ (125 mm) starter walls daily. The EFCO invert solution is a rigid assembly that helps expedite the construction of the culvert base slab before the culvert walls and roof are installed. The invert gang also assists in constructing the starter wall, which results in smoother operation and cycling of the traveler unit.
EFCO Solves the Challenge of Formwork Stripping Relief
For the box itself, EFCO provided one 10′ x 10′ x 32′ long (3 m x 3 m x 9.8 m) triple EFCO PLATE GIRDER® Traveler, along with three sets of external roof support. With a crew size of nine plus a crane operator, Zachry could cast a box section every other day. The challenge of collapsing a 32′ (9.8 m) long section of a 10′ x 10′ (3 m x 3 m) box has the stripping relief to do so. EFCO solved this challenge with two offset header beams and tolerance plates. Utilizing a DC-Ratchet and Pipe Braces, the sides quickly contract and the forms are lowered and cycled forward as one unit.
Quickly Cycled Box Culvert Traveler
The EFCO Box Culvert Traveler can be cycled quickly because of EFCO’s SUPER STUD® roof support system, which helps distribute the slab load into the walls before the roof has reached full strength.
Box Culvert Traveler
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Zachry Construction TEAM
Marlon Vasquez, Structures Superintendent
Jacob Fendlason, Structures Engineer
Sam Hosch, Project Manager
Alan Kassen, Project Engineer
Arturo Gonzalez, Foreman
EFCO FORMWORK SPECIALISTS–DALLAS
Rob Edwards, Sr. Territory Manager
Bryce Stassen, Field Supervisor
Katie McCombs, Engineer