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Civil | ARCHER WESTERN - JONES BRANCH CONNECTOR

Archer Western has stayed
on schedule with this project,
even with complicated tasks.

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On Schedule

ARCHER WESTERN KEEPS SAFE AND ON TIME AS IT BUILDS A PROJECT FOR VIRGINIA DOT. BY ALAN DORICH

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s one of the nation's largest
contractors, Archer Western
has the expertise for almost
any heavy highway project.
"Archer Western delivers transportation
projects of many sizes and complexities,"
Project Manager Pedro Doldan says. "It's
good to work for a company that can take
on challenging projects."
That ability is serving the general contractor well on the Jones Branch Connector
project in Tysons Corner, Va., which will
provide a link to Route 123 over Interstate
495, also known as the Capital Beltway.
Archer Western will widen two existing
bridges and build a new one over northbound I-495.
The company also will finish road improvements on the access road from Jones
Branch Drive and along Scotts Crossing
Road. "It's a project that [Fairfax] County
has been very interested in after express
lanes were completed on the Beltway,"
Doldan says.

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Archer Western
- Jones Branch Connector
www.walshgroup.com
* Project budget: $40 million
* Location: Tysons Corner, Va.
* Employees: 30 on-site
* Scope: Bridge construction and widening

"It's good to work for a company at can take on challenging projects."
- Pedro Doldan, project manager
Safe and Sound

Archer Western started on the $40 million
project in April 2017 and plans to finish it
in November 2019. By this coming December, Doldan says, the company needs to
have the road open so that traffic can move
in each direction.
The company also will have to have it
substantially completed by October 2019.
"So we have a very compressed schedule to

accomplish a good percentage of the work,"
Doldan says.
For the last 10 months, the company has
maintained access to the highly traveled
highway as it has built the project. However, "There's a lot of safety concerns and
things you've got to take in account when
you're working around traffic," Doldan says,
adding that Archer Western is working in
partnership with the Virginia Department
of Transportation (VDOT) and Transurban
Ltd., which manages and develops urban
toll road networks.
Because Archer Western is operating in
VDOT and Transurban's jurisdiction, "We
make sure we follow their safety policies as
well as our own," he says, noting that the
team is dedicated to its safety philosophy of
"No One Gets Hurt."
Archer Western also has stayed on
schedule, even with complicated tasks that
include building a bridge right next to an
existing one. "[Our] excavating systems
allow us to build the project in existing ar-


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