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Civil | J.F. WHITE CONTRACTING CO. – TOBIN MEMORIAL BRIDGE Restoring a Boston Landmark J.F. WHITE CONTRACTING CO. IS REHABILITATING BOSTON’S TOBIN MEMORIAL BRIDGE. xperience is paramount to attracting some of the larger, more distinguished heavy civil projects, and J.F. White Contracting Co. of Framingham, Mass., has more than 90 years of it. “Our company has a long and proud history as a leader in the Northeast’s heavy civil construction industry,” it says. “From 1918, when Joseph F. White Sr. bought his first truck, through the construction of Storrow Drive and the Charles River dam, to Deer Island and the mammoth Central Artery/Tunnel project, J.F. White has played an indispensable role in the region’s progress.” J.F. White continues to win major heavy civil projects in the Northeast, including bridges, roadways, tunnels and shafts, transit and airport site work. A current project is the rehabilitation of the Maurice J. Tobin Memorial Bridge, which connects the Charleston section of Boston to Chelsea, Mass. Formerly known as the Mystic River Bridge, the Tobin Memorial Bridge was erected between 1948 and 1949 and opened to traffic in 1950. It was renamed in 1967 in honor of former Boston Mayor and Governor of Massachusetts Maurice J. Tobin, who established the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) and ordered the construction of the bridge. restoration is »Bridgeareas in whichone of the J.F. White says it excels. J.F. White Contracting Co. – Tobin Memorial Bridge www.jfwhite.com • Location: Boston • Scope: Rehabilitating 150,000 square feet of a historic bridge Smart Bridge The Tobin Memorial Bridge provides three travel lanes southbound on its upper level and three lanes northbound on its lower level. The main structure over the Mystic River consists of a three-span, cantilevered truss that is 1,525 feet long; a smaller warren truss spans the Little Mystic. A 12-span toll plaza sits between these two trusses, where the roadway widens to 102 feet to accommodate seven collection lanes, according to Massport. The Tobin Memorial Bridge is slated to be Massachusetts’ first bridge to have a wireless, high-tech structural health monitoring system “J.F. White is proud to contribute to the sustainment of this historical landmark.” –J.F. White to monitor stresses and strains to the bridge in real time. The 2007 collapse of the I-35W Bridge in Minnesota was a difficult lesson that the construction industry has not taken lightly, and engineering and consulting firms are taking action to prevent such disasters in the future. The Tobin Memorial Bridge will be only one of a handful of bridges in the United States to employ this technology, although more are expected to follow suit. The system entails placing tilt meters, strain gauges and GPS monitors and other devices on the bridge at strategic locations to be monitored by engineers. For this to occur, computerized interactive models – both 2-D and 3-D – of the Tobin Memorial Bridge will be created and compared to the actual conditions of the bridge using wireless technology. The data is then transmitted back to a remote site for analysis. In preparation for this system, the Tobin Memorial Bridge is undergoing repairs. “J. F. White Contracting is responsible for the rehabilitation of approximately 150,000 square feet of the lower deck of the bridge,” the company says. “This has included the demolition and CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM DECEMBER 2009
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Construction Today - December 2009
2010 Construction Forecast
Product Showcase: Hand Tools
F&R Construction Group Inc.
Suffolk Construction: Met 2
Weitz Co.: Solaris at Crossroads
Chance Construction Co.
Allied Building Products Corp.
Bird Construction Co. Inc.: Condado Vanderbilt Hotel
Broccolini Construction Inc.: EDC Headquarters
CJ Pink Ltd.
Cobra Corporate Management Inc.
DDRM: The St. Regis Deer Crest Resort
T.N. Ward Co.
EllisDon: North Park Quad Pad Arena
Blumenfeld Development Group & Forrest City Ratner – East River Plaza
Clark Construction: Michigan International Speedway
Morton Buildings Inc.
Triangle Associates Inc.: The Gallery on Fulton
Vogel Bros. Building Co.
Walsh Construction: Mercy Corps.
Wasatch Advantage Group: San Tropez
John W. Danforth Co.
Shore Environmental LLC
American Civil Constructors Inc.
Archer Western: I-75/I-475 Reconstruction
Cleland Site Prep Inc.
Delaware DOT: Indian River Inlet Bridge
Goodfellow Bros. Inc.
International Construction Equipment Inc.
Kiewit Pacific Co.: SR 519 – Seattle Intermodal Access Project
Plaza Construction Corp.
B. Gottardo Construction Ltd.
Bergmann Associates: Walkway Over The Hudson
Craig Olden Inc.
G.M. Sipes Construction Inc.
Idaho Sand & Gravel Co.: Ten- Mile Interchange
Malcom Drilling Co. Inc.
Mid Eastern Buildings Inc.: Southampton Wastewater Treatment Plant
Minnesota Department of Transportation: I35W Crosstown/ Urban Partnership
Nicholson Construction Co.
Papich Construction Co. Inc.: Route 46 Expansion Project
Tilcon New York Inc.: Interstate
Tyam Excavation and Shoring Ltd.
W.C. English Inc.: U.S. 321
West Electric Corp.
Turner Construction Co.: Eastern High School
Gafcon Inc.: Carlsbad High School Modernization Project
DASNY: Gouverneur Healthcare Services
Stuart Olson: University of Lethbridge Markin Hall
University of Houston Student Housing
HDR Architecture Inc.
Marshall-Lee Construction Corp.
RA-LIN & Associates
Suffolk Construction: Boston Renaissance Charter School
Suffolk Construction: FIU School of International and Public Affairs
Tower Construction: Huntington Memorial Hospital expansion
Absher Construction Co.: Chief Sealth High School and Denny International Middle School
Casey Middle School
Cedar Ridge High School
Clark: Lowell Reception Center
Gilbane/Banks Joint Venture: Coppin State University
Hensel Phelps Construction Co.: FORSCOM/USARC New Headquarters
Shaw Construction: Mesa State College Student Center
Shiel Sexton: Butler University
SpawGlass Contractors Inc.: Austin Community College Rio Grande Campus Parking Garage
Stuart Olson: New Edmonton Remand Centre
The Christman Co.
Turner Construction Co
Weddle Construction Ltd.
Kite Realty Group Trust: Eddy Street Commons at NotreDame
Last Look: DANSY
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