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company then removed the towers, and reopened the channel to
resume maritime traffic.
"We had a 72-hour channel closure to maritime traffic and we
were able to open the channel in 48 hours," he says. "We moved
the structure into place and did it safely."
The bedrock that the bridge is being built on features karst
formations that are prone to sinkholes, like the one that opened
beneath the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green,
Ky., in 2014. The contractor will prevent this by drilling shafts
through the layers of rock until it reaches the solid bedrock to
support the bridge. "All of the drilled shafts will be completed by
the end of March," Chavez predicts. "We'll have the bridge open
in time for our substantial completion date."
PCL has avoided safety hazards as it has built Lake Barkley
Bridge. "Everything's been going pretty well," Chavez says, noting
that the project team has kept safe.
"We do a job hazard analysis for all areas of work," he says, noting that the company performs pre-job safety instructions (PSIs)
before each task is started. "We also have our weekly Monday
morning kick-off on every job site with subcontractors to make
sure we're raising awareness on the safety front."
The company also conducts site safety inspections where employees look for errors and correct them. "We're very proactive on
the safety front to maintain a safe job site," he says.
With U.S. headquarters in Denver, PCL is a group of independent
construction firms owned by employees in the United States,
Canada and Australia. "As construction leaders, PCL employees
demonstrate a commitment to safety, quality and sustainability," it says.
Chavez, who has been with PCL for 16 years, expects the company to stay busy. "We are continuing to bid additional work here
in Kentucky," he says, noting that the company expects to take on
more KYTC projects. "[They are] a great owner to work for.
"We'll also continue to build infrastructure throughout the
Midwest and Eastern part of the United States," he says. "We'll
continue to go after complex projects throughout the United
States and maintain our presence in the region."
PCL Construction's employees follow the philosophy to "Build
it Right, Build it Once." Its quality management program is designed to ensure that this commitment is apparent to its staff,
design partners and trade contractors.
"Successful, quality projects demonstrate a culture that
embraces clear communication, effective problem solving and a
strong client/builder relationship," PCL says. "Quality leadership offers value to both the organization and its customers by
ensuring that each party's expectations are met to the fullest
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