can triple the life
of your bridge..."
bridge project is only as good as its foundation, or abutment. We are
happy to consult with you on construction, engineering, and installation
of the appropriate abutment for your jobsite. Your principal choices are
Steel Pile, Modular Blocks, or Concrete Foundation. The surrounding road
approach, footing, soil, or riverbed will affect your choice. We are happy
to install on pre-existing abutments but will need to survey prior to
scheduling installation. New foundations will add time to the overall
TYPES OF ABUTMENTS
is a description of the various abutments available:
Pile (pictured above)
The cheapest and fastest abutment solution, Steel Pile only has one drawback.
The soil must be soft for a piledriver to work. A Piledriver inserts I-beams
down into the earth, giving the bridge a solid footing. Unfortunately,
if the soil makeup is primarily rock, this methodology is impossible.
This new technology utilizes custom 2000 pound cement blocks that interlock,
giving you an attractive, durable abutment. These same blocks are used
very reliably for retaining walls. There are a variety of options available
and can be customized to your particular need. (see www.ultrablock.com)
While a good choice, you can expect greater prices, and longer installation
times. A form is created, re-bar adds strength, and cement is poured.
Expect 2 weeks cure time, and you are ready to install!