Flatiron Constructors wins USD 192 million design-build highway contract in North Carolina
Longmont, Colorado, 23 February 2006 – Colorado-based Flatiron Constructors has secured in joint venture a USD 192 million (EUR 170 million) contract to construct the new Washington Bypass in North Carolina. Flatiron is leading the joint venture with a 60% share.
The design-build contract will be executed with Flatiron’s joint venture partner United Contractors (40%), with Earth Tech as the joint venture’s design consulting engineer. The new four-lane bypass along US Highway 17 will begin south of Price Road and will extend seven miles to reconnect with US 17 just south of Hamilton Beach Road.
The Washington Bypass includes an elevated bridge structure spanning nearly three miles over environmentally sensitive, heavily-wooded wetlands and the Pamlico-Tar River. Flatiron will utilize a new patent-pending variation of the top-down construction technique.
This span-by-span construction method uses the newly-constructed permanent structure for personnel access and material deliveries. The process includes a self-contained piece of equipment capable of performing all tasks associated with bridge construction, including driving the precast piles, building the bent caps, erecting the 120-foot-long precast girders, and pouring the deck. All of these operations will be performed without the use of temporary access trestles, thus significantly reducing environmental disturbances.
Design and permitting will simultaneously occur over the first year, with construction beginning in February of 2007 and lasting approximately three years.
Flatiron Constructors a subsidiary of Flatiron Construction Corp., a Royal BAM Group company. Flatiron specializes in transportation and heavy civil projects both on a national scale and in local districts. Its experience encompasses major highways, traditional and specialty bridges, toll roads, tunnels and rail transit projects throughout the United States. Flatiron is consistently ranked among the top bridge and highway builders in North America.
Christie DeLuca, Flatiron Construction Corp, telephone: 720-494-8034, www.flatironcorp.com