UDOT transports largest precast bridge beams ever made in Utah

Updated Jan 18, 2019
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The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) broke records when it began transporting the largest precast concrete bridge beams ever made in Utah to the site where they will be used on the Interstate 15 technology corridor in Lehi, KSL TV reports.

The six beams, each one more than 200 feet long and weighing 224,000 pounds, are some of the last pieces of the point of the mountain construction project that will allow UDOT to widen the freeway from four to six lanes.

The first two beams were moved from the yard in West Valley City where they were cast, to Lehi on December 13, and another two were moved the next day, but UDOT didn’t have to shut down any lanes during the process. The beams were moved down with a truck and then placed on the side of the road. The rest of the beams will be transported in intervals over the next couple weeks.

“We’re only over the freeway long enough to set this thing in place,” project manager Lee Wegner told the news agency. “So instead of taking days to bolt these things together, we’re there for a couple of hours.”