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Planning Ahead
Archer Western is building the Jones Branch Connector project to accommodate a
future means of transportation, Project Manager Pedro Doldan says. Fairfax County
plans to install "a light rail system or similar that will connect both ends of Jones
Branch," he explains.
This has required the bridges to be bonded and ground electrically. For this, "Archer
Western hired a consultant to develop a plan to electrically bond all reinforcing steel
in the bridges," Doldan says.
eas," Doldan says. "You have to dig right
next to it and protect the system from
being undermined."
The company also completed a large
amount of work before the frigid winter
conditions set in. "We worked a lot of
overtime in the last three months of last
year to get where we are now," he says.
Now that the ice and snow have hit
Virginia, the project team is more limited
in what it can do. "It becomes challenging to pave and build a road in those
conditions," he admits, noting that the
company is focused on demolition and
concrete work.

Up to Standard
Another focus for Archer Western during
the project is environmental compliance.
The company has followed regulations
including concrete washout areas, fuel
tanks, the installation and maintenance of
erosion and sediment controls, and other
environmental concerns.
The Virginia Department of Environ-

mental Quality and other VDOT entities,
Doldan adds, regularly perform inspections
on the project site in partnership with
Archer Western to ensure it is environmentally compliant with these regulations.
Any deficiencies found in the inspection walkthroughs are promptly corrected.

Doing its Part
Based in Atlanta, Archer Western is part of
The Walsh Group, which is the 11th largest contractor in the United States. Doldan,
who joined Archer Western nearly three
years ago, praises the firm.
"They have a big focus on planning the
work efficiently," Doldan explains, noting
that the quality of its staff allows it to
"successfully tackle" projects of different
sizes and complexities.
He sees a strong future for Archer
Western, which will grow its presence in
the Virginia area. "[We'll] help with the
improvement of transportation systems
in the Washington, D.C., area and do our
part," he predicts.

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