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Little Bay Bridge Project Successfully Completes Span Float-In

On Tuesday April 17th, the team at the Little Bay Bridge Project successfully floated in the center span of the new bridge. The technique used was a first for Cianbro.  Rather than lifting the span into place from the barge, strand jacks were used to lift it from above. Project Manager Pat Sughrue and Project Superintendent Hank Cook worked closely with Cianbro Engineers to come up with the innovative solution. The entire Little Bay Bridge team was involved in the planning right down to putting their hands on all the parts and pieces before the event took place. The major challenge of the float-in was working around the five knot tide that ripped through the project area. The crews only had a window of 20 minutes to get the barge into position and attach the strand jack cables for lifting. Using three tug boats and great teamwork, crews were able to complete the task quickly and safely. Once attached, the strand jacks made quick work of lifting the span the 50 feet into place. The entire float-in was completed in a short two hours.

Congratulations go out to the entire Little Bay Bridge crew who completed the milestone flawlessly. Crews are now beginning work on the deck to complete Phase I of the project on schedule early this summer.

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