The Beck Street Bridge replacement project for Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) was a massive undertaking and a high-profile project. J-U-B developed the preliminary design plans and produced the procurement documents for this Design-Build Project. They also provided Bridge Design Oversight for the project. The project included the design and construction of a new grade separation for I-15 over Union Pacific Railroad tracks and two new bridges over I-15. The new structure over the railroad is a 615 foot, four span, bulb tee pre-stressed girder bridge with concrete piers and approach embankments supported by Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) walls.
The Issues: This bridge is located in the Salt Lake Valley on one of the busiest sections of the freeway in Utah, therefore it was a high-profile project.
How we addressed the issues: In an effort to keep the bridge open to traffic as much as possible, accelerated construction techniques were used. Precast concrete bridge decks were constructed and one of the bridges was moved into place using Self Propelled Modular Transporters (SPMT).
Brief description of project awards or recognitions: J-U-B’s project manager, Stephen Roberts, S.E., received a special “Certificate of Recognition” for his design review of this project. The award recognizes Mr. Roberts’ efforts for “An outstanding Performance by Exceeding the Project Partnering Goals by Expending Extraordinary Effort to Resolve UDOT Concerns on the Implementation of the Operational Standard of Seismic Design for Structure Application in the State of Utah.”