Project Overview

The Interstate 10 Escambia Bay Bridge project consisted of twin 2.61-mile long bridge structures crossing Escambia Bay in Pensacola, FL.

A brief overview of both bridge structures finds them founded with driven piles, a substructure of cast in place concrete footings, cast in place concrete columns, pile caps, and a superstructure of prestressed concrete girders and a cast in place concrete bridge deck.

D.T. Read Steel Co., Inc. was a subcontractor on the project purchasing reinforcement steel utilizing a joint check agreement and placement of reinforcing steel which was incidentally exclusively performed by our own in-house employees. The approximate total quantity of reinforcing steel supplied and placed by D.T. Read Steel Co., Inc. on this project was 10,132 ton. D.T. Read Steel Co., Inc. forces placed reinforcing steel on the following components of the project: miscellaneous drainage structures, stay in place forms, soffit slab, decorative pylons, approach slab, seawall rebar, slope paving areas, pile caps, diaphragms, bridge decks, barrier railing, pier footings, pier caps, and columns.

Environmental

Full respect for the environment was paramount with our employees assigned to this project. Full respect and compliance for environmental measures, and concerns pertained to our work on land and over water. The work associated with this particular project was also a major concern for the Manatee. Precautions were taken to be aware of Manatees while shuttling our employees to and rom the over water work areas. Our prefabrication lay down area and reinforcing steel stock pile area was located on land that was bounded by silt fencing. During our duration working on this project, whether over water or on land, environmental issues, fines, or citations were never issued to D.T. Read Steel Co., Inc. Any trash generated by our forces was placed in dumpsters whether on land or water portions of our work areas.

Cooperation

Over the 45 year existence of D.T. Read Steel Co., Inc., and as so noted on this project, full compliance with applicable Federal, State, and Local laws and regulations is a prime objective. Consequently, our primary core customers are Federal, State, and Local agencies. All Environmental Protection Plans, Storm Water Prevention Plans, etc. were the distinct responsibilities of the General Contractor which we fully abided by and complied with.

Management

It has always been the philosophy of D.T. Read Steel Co., Inc. to adequate staff this and all projects with competent, experienced supervisors, foremen, and iron workers to adequately handle this anticipated work loads and constraints of the overall project schedule. Experienced and competent employees also insures the quality of our work and favorable acceptance by the inspecting authority as to not hold up the forward progress of work by having to redo our work.

Problems

Fortunately on this project we did not experience any major problems that were as a direct result of our workmanship, project staffing, production, or supply of critical materials. Due to the fact of open communications with the General Contractor, and other subcontractors as well as participation in weekly meetings all major problems were able to be staved off ahead of time. As in the case of most construction projects, minor problems were encountered (i.e. minor weather incidents) and subsequently dealt with in an expeditious manner as not to impede the forward production on this project.

  • Owner: Florida Department of Transportation
  • Start Date Subcontract Work: October 11, 2005
  • Subcontract Duration: 4 Months
  • Subcontract Completion Date: February 13, 2008