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Civil | BALFOUR BEATTY INFRASTRUCTURE INC.

Expert Work

BALFOUR BEATTY INFRASTRUCTURE LEVERAGES ITS SKILLS ON TWO N.C. PROJECTS. BY CHRIS PETERSEN

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or decades, Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Inc. has been known for
tackling some of the most complex
and challenging heavy civil projects
in the United States, and the company
continues to build on that reputation with a
pair of projects in North Carolina. According to Operations Manager Jay Boyd, the
company's work on two bridge projects in
environmentally sensitive areas demonstrate the skill and care with which the
company approaches all of its work across
the United States.
Established in 1990 as the American
business of U.K.-based parent company Balfour Beatty plc, Balfour Beatty Infrastructure has had a hand in building some of the
biggest and most complex infrastructure
projects in North America, including State
Highway 130 in Texas, one of the largest design/build public works projects in United
States history. Over the years, the company has build up a portfolio that contains
highways, bridges, tunnels, railways, and
water and wastewater treatment plants. The
company's customer base consists primarily
of government agencies at all levels.
For the company's two most recent projects in North Carolina, Boyd says, Balfour
Beatty Infrastructure has applied the same
high level of skill it has utilized on all of
its projects. However, because these two
projects are located in areas with extensive

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Beatty has employed strict
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procedures to ensure environmental
sensitivity on the bridge projects.

environmental concerns, the company
has had to go above and beyond its typical
processes to get the jobs done. The fact that
both projects remain on track is a testament
to Balfour Beatty Infrastructure's abilities
and proof that the company is one of the
best working in the civil market today.

Sensitive Work
In 2013, Balfour Beatty Infrastructure was
awarded a $124 million contract to build the
I-140 Wilmington Bypass, which involves
the construction of three miles of four-lane
highway in the southeast North Carolina
counties of Brunswick and New Hanover,
creating a bypass around the city of Wilmington. Although the overall length of the
project is a relatively small, it includes 10
bridges, eight of which are twin bridges.

Boyd says the company is in one of the
final phases of the project right now, a pair
of 7,185-foot-long twin bridges over the
Cape Fear River. According to Boyd, the construction of the bridge has required some
very delicate work and extensive planning
due to the fact that it spans an environmentally protected wetland area. Balfour
Beatty Infrastructure self-performed all of
the grading work leading up to the bridge,
and employed some unusual techniques
to build the bridge without disturbing the
ecosystem in the river underneath.
The foundation of the bridge required 24inch, 30-inch and 36-inch square concrete
piles reaching 100 feet in length, which
Boyd says are some of the largest square
piles ever used by Balfour Beatty Infrastructure. In order to keep the work out of the


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