Contractors on the $453-million superstructure erection portion of the $1.2-billion Huey P. Long Bridge widening project in New Orleans broke their own record when they lifted and skidded into place a 528-ft. long, 2,758-ton steel truss in 8.5 hours April 9. Photo: Angelle Bergeron The vertical, 102-ft lift of the 2,758-ton steel truss was accomplished in 4.5 hours. The strand jacks lifted an average of 23 ft per hour, as opposed to 17 ft per hour on the previous two lifts as contractors capitalized on experience. Photo: Angelle Bergeron Joint venture contractor MTI used four, 900-ton strand jacks to raise
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.