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Civil | W.C. ENGLISH INC. — U.S. 321 Elevating Performance I NCDOT AND W.C. ENGLISH MET THE CHALLENGES OF THE U.S. 321 PROJECT. BY LUKE GILLESPIE t soon will be easier to travel in North Carolina, thanks to the widening of U.S. 321. Frank Gioscio is the resident engineer for the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and the general contractor is Lynchburg, Va.-based W.C. English Inc. The corridor receives heavy daily traffic from commuters and is a common route for vacationers. It has been worked on in some fashion for the last 15 years and this is the second stretch of widening taken on by Gioscio and English. Situated in the mountains between the Boone and Charlotte areas, Gioscio describes the road as a major route, often used for scenic drives and mountain campers. He notes a factory in Hickory contributes heavy traffic to the road as does nearby Appalachian State University, located in Boone. The focus of the project is the expansion of a six-and-a-half mile segment of highway from two lanes to four. The widening will allow for passing lanes with a four-foot asphalt median being constructed between directions. English needed to construct retaining walls for the road as well as two new box culverts. The $65 million project requires new paving and drainage of the highway as well as 3.1 million cubic yards of mountain rock excavation that became a great challenge to the project. W.C. English Project Manager Henry McDaniel says the challenge of the rock blasting makes this project stand out. “I’ve done mountain work for 30 years and enjoy it, but because of the restraints on the time we were allowed for blasting, it has been difficult,” he says. “[But], when I look back [on the project] or when I’m driving through, I’ll have great pride.” English is »W. C.NCDOT on working with the widening of U.S. 321. Rocky Road Work began on the project in 2005 with an original completion date in 2008, but because of rock blasting, the project is not expected to be finished until the summer of 2010. McDaniel describes the project as a “geotechnical puzzle” and one of the most unique projects he has worked on. Also, because of the importance of the road, it can only be shut down on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m., giving W.C. English a small window to blast the rock and clean the road before it is opened again. “The fact that we have to move rock under traffic is the key issue,” McDaniel states. “With the geology and the history of rock falls, this project is tough to do and is more difficult under traffic.” Gioscio agrees, calling the rocks a major obstacle. He explains because of the way the contract for the project was set up, there wasn’t a lot of time to shut the road down. “[W.C. English] can blast anytime they want to but they can only close the road down for a certain amount of time,” he says. “It has been very limiting on them, no kidding. “[W.C. English is] working and blasting on a W.C. English Inc.— U.S. 321 www.englishconst.com • Cost: $65 million • Location: Caldwell County, N.C. • Project Scope: Highway expansion for “I’ve done mountain workbut enjoy it, 30 years and because of the restraints on the time we were allowed foricult.” blasting it has been diff –Henry McDaniel, project manager CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM DECEMBER 2009
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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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