Trains pass frequently along the Norfolk Southern tracks that run through Lebanon, Pennsylvania. At 10th Street, as trains barreled down the tracks, drivers were stopped in theirs as long lines of traffic backed up at the railroad crossing. While a regular inconvenience to those travelling 10th Street, the situation was a serious one for emergency vehicles that were often delayed when transporting patients to area hospitals or responding to emergency calls. With more than 55 trains passing through town each day, city leaders knew that the ongoing traffic issues would only worsen over time. Together with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, they developed a plan to build a bridge over the 10th Street crossing.
In September 2012 10th Street closed for bridge construction to begin. One of the challenges faced by the project contractor, JD Eckman, Inc. was a 5" precast concrete wall panel façade erected outside the fascia beams. Deck concrete was poured short over the beams leaving only a 3" maximum dimension to place a hanger for supplemental closure pour. Traditional wire hangers require a minimum of 5" to work.
Dayton Superior was approached by their distributor, Valley Supply to help form a solution. Dayton Superior engineers were able to reduce the minimum dimension down to 3" with the Century Series Bridge Deck Hanger. The laser-cut, one piece design of the Century Series Bridge Deck Hangers meets higher load capacity criteria and doesn’t require any special installation equipment. These features contributed to the contractor’s ability to stay on schedule, avoiding costly construction delays.
“To my knowledge, the Century Series Hanger is the only hanger of its type on the market today,” said Mike Maben, Project Manager with JD Eckman, Inc.
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