Truck to Deliver Record-setting Bridge Beam August 6 Near Duluth
Monday, August 4, 2014
State history will be made on August 6 when two of six record-setting bridge beams will be delivered to a road project near Proctor, Minnesota.
The 183-foot concrete beam - weighing in at over 100 tons and longer than half a football field - will be transported by a single truck, a new Minnesota record. Six such beams will be delivered to the project over a period of 4 days.
LeFebvre & Sons of Elk River will move the record-setting beams utilizing specialized equipment and their top drivers. It will take 16 axles and 62 wheels to move the 226,600 pound load that breaks the tape at 220 feet long when moving. Each load will have two escort vehicles.
The two drivers on the job, Craig Walz and Michael Belanger, have accumulated just shy of 4,000,000 accident free miles over a combined 63 years behind the wheel. Both drivers have been recipients of the coveted Minnesota Trucking Association Driver of the Month Award and the prestigious Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association Million Mile Safety Excellence Award.
“It takes amazing skill to deliver one of these super loads,” said company President Paul LeFebvre. “Our drivers have to be excellent not only at the driving portion, which includes maneuvering corners and traveling at highway speeds, but also loading, securing and unloading at challenging job sites. Yet, they do it safely every day. They thrive on the challenge.”
The route for the load, which includes U.S. Highway 10 and Interstates 694, 35E and 35, was developed under a permit issued by the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
The pre-stressed, precast concrete beam is manufactured by Cretex Concrete of Elk River and will be installed by Schroeder Construction Company.
“We selected LeFebvre Companies for this record-setting move because we knew they had the equipment and drivers to do it right,” said Cretex Director of Engineering & pre-stress Sales Joel Mich. “We are a couple of third-generation Minnesota companies with a long history of working together to build Minnesota’s critical infrastructure. This is Minnesota know-how and Minnesota resources delivering a truly Minnesota bridge.”
The old record was set during the construction of the Hastings Mississippi River bridge during 2012. Those beams were also produced by Cretex and hauled by LeFebvre and Sons.