Project Overview

The Pinners Point Interchange is a 1.5-mile new bridge over the Western Branch of the Elizabeth River beginning near the east end of the West Norfolk Bridge. The bridge features a six lane divided highway for 3,500 feet that connects to Route 58 and the Midtown Tunnel. All main roads are designed as divided highways with two lanes in each direction, separated by a median.

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

D.T. Read Steel Co., Inc. was a subcontractor on the above noted 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 7,823 tons. D.T. Read Steel Co., Inc. forces placed reinforcing steel on the following components on this project: miscellaneous drainage structures, soffit slab, approach slab, pile end bent caps, diaphragms, bridge decks, barrier railing, pier footings, pier caps, and columns.

Environmental

Full respect for the environment were 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. Our employees utilized portable toilets provided by the General Contractor on the bridge in our 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. Furthermore, any trash generated by our forces was placed in dumpsters whether on the 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: Virginia Department of Transportation
  • Start Date Subcontract Work: May 15, 2002
  • Subcontract Duration: 40 Months
  • Subcontract Completion Date: September 3, 2005