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Solar Decathlon 2017

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is a collegiate competition made up of 10 contests that challenge student teams to design and build full-size, solar-powered houses. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends design excellence and smart energy production with innovation, market potential, and energy and water efficiency. Simply put, there's nothing else like it.

Duffy Crane & Hauling is providing crane service to the Swiss Team & The Team from the Netherlands.

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Summit Daily
Eli Pace
September 27, 2017

The largest crane ever used for a construction project in Summit County hoisted out the old 100-foot Nike Bridge at the Silverthorne Outlets on Wednesday to replace it with a new "Bridge to Savings."

Altogether, the town spent about $500,000 on the bridge-replacement project after determining it would be cheaper in the long run to swap out the old deteriorating bridge rather than keep up regular painting and maintenance on it, said Mark Leidal, assistant town manager.

The new bridge is made of corten steel, an alloy that forms a rust-like appearance after being exposed to the elements for several years and eliminates any need for paint.

Also, the new bridge can easily handle a 10,000-pound load, said Tom Daugherty, Silverthorne's director of public works, adding that it's strong enough "you could drive a pickup across it."

Moving the 25-year-old, 100-foot span, however, was easier said than done. The problem wasn't so much the weight of the bridges — 45,000 pounds for the old one and 52,000 pounds on the new one — a relatively light lift by modern-day standards.

Instead, it was how far the crane had to extend to safely pick the bridge up, swing it over a cluster of lodge pole pine trees and clear a handful of shops in the Outlets.

The nine-axle crane is rated to lift 450 tons, according to Frank Just of Duffy Crane and Hauling, the company that was contracted to do the work.

"Big crane," he said matter-of-factly.

All decked out with the necessary weights to counter-balance the lift, the crane weighed almost 500,000 pounds by itself.

"This machine cost $3.2 million," Just said. "It's one of the largest cranes in this area. There are a few bigger, but this is the biggest crane that's ever been in Summit County."

As the old bridge was coming up, Daugherty said the new bridge comes with at least a 50-year lifespan, and he and Leidal both took satisfaction in the fact that the bridge should outlive them.

Daugherty said the new bridge is expected to open to the public sometime at the end of next week, once the decking and concrete work is complete. After that, they'll add lighting and decorative flags.

Spanning more than 100 feet over the Blue River, the town is calling the new path a "Bridge to Savings," and it comes as a small piece of the town's downtown-redevelopment strategy. In a news release, town officials said the new bridge will provide "a beautiful new entryway" for shoppers looking to save money on their favorite brands at the Outlets.

All stores will remain open during construction, which is expected to continue through Oct. 15, and the center plans to host a "Bridge to Savings" sale in the near future to commemorate the event.


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As Principals & Owners of Duffy Crane & Hauling and Gary’s Crane Service we are happy to announce the sale and combination of two great family owned Colorado Companies with a long history of providing exceptional service to our customers. Duffy Crane & Hauling has been a staple in Colorado since 1886 and Gary’s Crane Service has been providing custom crane services in Southern Colorado since 1986.

The effective date of the sale of Gary’s Crane Service to Duffy Crane & Hauling is July 31, 2017. While a few things may change over time, one thing is for sure… You can expect the same great service you have come to expect.

From the owners and all of our employees, we would like to thank you for your continued business.

Sincerely,

Duffy Crane acquires Gary's Crane Service

Jeff Cummings, Guest Columnist
Pueblo Chieftain

Even though funding much-needed transportation projects remains a high priority, the Colorado General Assembly concluded the 2016 session and failed once again to address this critical issue.

Several bills were put forward but all of them were rejected. There was plenty of blame to go around and we heard a lot about “the other guys” being the problem. The reality is that this was a collective failure on the part of our state elected officials to address this critical issue with the real losers being Colorado’s citizens.

The problems and costs associated with our transportation system are well-known to the public. They see and experience them every day. Various polls have found that Colorado voters list transportation as a primary concern. The public understands the need to create and maintain a first-class transportation system so that our businesses, industries and citizens may flourish in the years ahead.

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