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.


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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One of Colorado’s oldest privately owned companies partners with one of the industry’s most respected manufacturers

Duffy Crane & Hauling - Terex AC 100 4LWaverly, IA, March 30 2016, — Duffy Crane & Hauling of Denver, Colo., is expanding its fleet and service offerings with a newly commissioned Terex® AC 100/4L all terrain crane. Founded in 1886, Duffy Crane & Hauling is a family-owned company specializing in the lifting and transportation of overweight and over dimension loads. The company added the Terex AC 100/4L for its impressive 194-ft (59 m) boom length, the largest of the 120-ton (100 t) capacity class of cranes, and its ability to travel to jobsites without curfew restrictions.

“Our new Terex AC 100/4L all terrain crane fills a niche in the marketplace,” says Jeffrey Cummings, President at Duffy Cranes & Hauling. “After doing extensive research, we determined this crane was the best multi-purpose, two-man crane for our needs and the only non-curfew unit with a 190-ft (58 m) plus boom size. This saves us a lot of prep time because we don’t have to send it out in advance of a job and then spend time waiting for a job to start."

Cummings also points out that because of the crane’s boom length, they have more flexibility to perform lifts that typically require a larger crane. “The combination of the crane’s reach and over-the-road travel performance lowers our operating costs, and that translates into cost savings for our customers,” he adds.

The compact Terex AC 100/4L all terrain crane is the only crane in the 120-ton (100 t) capacity class to feature a standard truck width of 8.4 ft (2,6 m) making it possible to position the crane in tight locations. With a telescopic main boom of 194.9 ft (59,4 m) and the 26.2 ft (8 m) section of its 62.34 ft (19 m) long double folding jib, the crane also features one of the longest system lengths (226.4 ft / 69 m) that can travel on four axles. A powerful 445-hp (332 kW) engine is responsible for the crane’s cost-effective operation, excellent road-traveling performance and outstanding fuel economy.

Duffy Crane & Hauling put its new crane to work right away, lifting a power distribution center from the inside of the manufacturer’s facility to a trailer so they could transport it to its new home. “Right out of the gate, we were impressed with the AC 100/4L,” says Cummings. “We made a great investment."

About Duffy Crane & Hauling
Founded in 1886 in Denver, Duffy Crane and Hauling is one of Colorado’s oldest and most trusted companies. The company specializes in developing logical solutions to the most difficult, specialized lifting and hauling challenges. Its team is dedicated to meeting and exceeding customers' needs with superior equipment and exceptional service.

About Terex
Terex Corporation is a lifting and material handling solutions company reporting in five business segments: Aerial Work Platforms, Construction, Cranes, Material Handling & Port Solutions and Materials Processing. Terex manufactures a broad range of equipment serving customers in various industries, including the construction, infrastructure, manufacturing, shipping, transportation, refining, energy, utility, quarrying and mining industries. Terex offers financial products and services to assist in the acquisition of Terex equipment through Terex Financial Services. Terex uses its website ( and Facebook page ( to make information available to its investors and the market.