Bayside Engineering recently escorted a heavy haul move from Searsport, ME to Searsmont, ME. The object being transported was a wood-fired boiler for a new biomass plant at Robbins Lumber. Weighing 346,000lbs, the 84 feet long by 21 feet tall boiler took two days to arrive at its final destination.
As part of the move, linemen in bucket trucks from Central Main Power held up utility lines on Route 141 in Swanville to allow the massive boiler to pass beneath. At the plant, a 900,000-pound crane was positioned to life the boiler when it arrived.
Bayside Engineering has been performing structural analysis and analyzing routes for the State of Massachusetts and private haulers for more than 25 years. Learn more about our heavy haul escorts.
The rehabilitation of Elm Street in Georgetown, Massachusetts is complete. Designed by Bayside Engineering, the project involved .8 miles of Elm Street from its intersection with East Main Street and extending to its intersection with Central Street.
The majority of utility and reclaiming work was completed during the summer months therefore causing minimal disruptions to school operations. Elm Street neighbors were wonderful to work with and expressed positive feedback about this well managed project.
During the construction phase, the Town encountered an unanticipated increase in costs. Bayside was able to assist the Town with contract interpretations thereby generating the town a savings of $150,000.
“That’s what we are here for,” explains Bayside’s Senior Highway Engineer, Mike Rizzo. “We take great pleasure in working closely with our clients, from the planning and design phase through construction and project completion. Working with the Contractors, responding to any Requests for Information (RFI) and assisting the Town on any Contract Resolution or unknown field condition is an important part of any roadway project. We’re delighted to be a part of this important and much needed roadway improvement project for the Town of Georgetown.”
The Elm Street project was completed on time and under budget by nearly $200,000.
“We’re thankful Mike was able to resolve what could have been a costly oversight during the construction process, Georgetown Highway Department Surveyor, Peter Durkee explains. “Throughout our 7 years working with Bayside I’ve always been able to count on expert advice and counsel and quality results.”
The Town of Boxford was awarded a grant of $24,250 towards the engineering and design and permitting to replace the Culvert on Valley Road as part of the Culvert Replacement Municipal Assistance Grant. Bayside Engineering, of Woburn aided in the application process and will develop the design and bidding documents for this project.
The grants are provided by the Department of Fish and Game’s Division of Ecological Restoration (DER) and announced as part of “Climate Week,” a week highlighting Massachusetts’ efforts to prepare for and combat climate change.
This funding opportunity encourages Massachusetts communities to replace degraded, undersized culverts with better designed structures intended to meet the Massachusetts Stream Crossing Standards.
“Our administration is proud to support cities and towns across the Commonwealth as they upgrade their local infrastructure to improve storm readiness and protect the health of the Commonwealth’s natural resources,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “The grants provided through the Culvert Replacement Municipal Assistance Grant Program help ensure our state’s infrastructure can handle large rain events exacerbated by climate change.”
The Town of Boxford will conduct engineering and design and permitting for a culvert replacement on an unnamed tributary to the Parkers River. Replacing the culvert will provide passage for fish and wildlife, improve Boxford’s storm resilience by reducing flooding, and reduce maintenance cost by allowing debris to flow through the structure.
“We’re pleased our grant application efforts resulted in the Town’s financial award,” says Senior Environmental Engineer, Brian Sullivan of Bayside Engineering. “This project will not only improve the community’s infrastructure, but also provide climate change resilience.”
Bayside Engineering is pleased to be part of the innovative Commonwealth Avenue Bridge Replacement Project. The project is using Accelerated Bridge Construction techniques (ABC) thereby reducing construction impacts from 4 years to two intensive construction shutdown windows.
The key to this project is the ability to build major components off-site and then quickly assemble them in place. Crews are working around the clock assembling the pieces of the bridge as other portions are demolished. This accelerated technique isn’t the first attempted in Massachusetts, the “Fast 14” bridge repair in the summer of 2011 replaced 14 bridges working only on weekends.
The accelerated phases are intended to limit the impact on the public. When the project is complete, the bridge will include upgraded safety and signal for vehicles, better pedestrian walkways and a dedicated bike layout with signals, according to the MassDOT.
Bayside’s Norman Brown will continue to act as MassDOT’s Owner’s Representative on this project through completion.
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Photos taken on August 6
Construction continues on Route 97 in Groveland, Massachusetts. Bayside’s design improvements include: roadway reconstruction, sidewalk reconstruction, ADA compliant wheelchair ramps, on-roadway drainage improvements, new signage, and pavement markings.
Based on the type of project, the methods Bayside’s design specified were able to pass along a cost savings of almost $200,000 to our client.
One of the methods was the newly MassDOT approved full-depth reclamation (FDR) with injected asphalt stabilization. “Full Depth Reclamation (FDR) with Injected Asphalt Stabilization is an engineered road rehabilitation process used much like traditional full depth reclamation. The difference between the processes is that by combining injected asphalt emulsion with the reclaimed pavement and base materials, a homogeneous and bound base layer is created. This creates a flexible base with increased structural capacity and greater fatigue resistance compared to an unstabilized reclaimed base.” Baystate Roads Blog, June 28, 2016
For more information on Bayside’s Route 97 Redesign project visit: http://www.baysideengineering.com/bayside-completes-design-for-route-97-in-groveland/
Mike attended the New England Chapter of the American Public Works Association Summer Conference on Cape Cod last weekend. The American Public Works Association exists to develop and support the people, agencies, and organizations that plan, build, maintain, and improve our communities. Working together, APWA and its membership contribute to a higher and sustainable quality of life. Bayside Engineering is proud to partner with the APWA to support their mission as a sponsor of this event. Thank you for all that you do for our industry