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Beams for bridge project are expected

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

Delivery takes concrete, steel materials from Route 329 to Canal Street

It appears as a minor entry on the project manager’s Gantt chart — “deliver beams.” However, it could be a fascinating experience.

Trumbull Corporation is the lead contractor for the Coplay-Northampton Bridge project. The beams to support the roadway for the new bridge are 121 feet long.

Allen Township officials asked the drivers to make the move at night to reduce traffic congestion.

The lead driver made a logical argument that this is going to be a tough task in the daylight, let alone at night when the beams are lit up and the trucks are flanked by a police escort.

The plan is to go down Route 329 to Canal Street in Northampton to deliver the beams.

Delivery of the beams is set to start around July 16. There are three deliveries scheduled.

As you might imagine, 121 feet of beams are not going to whip around the detour at the Kopper Penny intersection. The route includes special access roads and backing into Keystone Park.

Once the first obstacle is overcome, the next trick is Canal Street. The truck needs to back down Canal Street to a location near the bridge, so a crane can hoist the beams into place.

According to the truck drivers, this is the best way to get the beam into position.

Other alternatives were considered, but no other route manages to get the beams in position.

There once was a time when bridges were built with steel trusses and assembled on site, but that’s no longer the case.

Beams are custom-crafted concrete and steel and transported to the site.