Gasparilla Temporary Construction Bridge, Boca Grande, FL
Kelly Brothers was contracted to design and install a temporary bridge next to the 7th Street Bridge near Gasparilla Inn & Club Golf Course spanning the Boca Grande Bayou Canal. The contracted solution included a 180 ft. Acrow 700XS Modular Bridging system. This multi-phased project first included the design of the approaches and the foundation substructure to integrate with the selected bridge configuration. The foundation substructure consists of four pile bents, spaced at 60 ft. Each pile bent consist of two 24 in. x 80 ft. long tipped pipe piles topped with prefabricated steel caps. The delivery of the bridge was coordinated precisely to coincide with the construction activities. The 180 ft. structure was assembled on site and set in place. The final step in this phase was to install 84 cubic yards of Bank & Run Shore Stabilization Shell and 74 cubic yards of fill dirt then construct the approach slabs using 16 cubic yards of Class IV concrete. The project was completed within the required 60 day timeframe so as not to delay the construction of the nearby wastewater treatment facility. A 40 ft. span of the bridge will be removed and stored between Nov. 15th and May 1st each year allowing boat traffic to pass through the canal during “season”. The removal and reinstallation process will continue during the construction of wastewater treatment plant, which could be up to four years. Lastly, when construction on the facility is complete KBI will remove the entire bridge system and restore the site to its original condition.
7th Street East and Entrance to
Gasparilla Inn & Club Golf Course
Gasparilla Island Water Association Inc.
380 Park Place Blvd.
Clearwater, FL 33759
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