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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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This is a 2 crane pick for a 170,000 lb. transformer. Duffy was hired to load and transport the transformer from the location where it was serviced to its final destination.

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Two crane pick, Transformer

Two crane pick, Transformer

Two crane pick, Transformer

Two crane pick, Transformer

Two crane pick, Transformer

Two crane pick, Transformer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 
 

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Duffy moved a power distribution center out of the manufacturers building, loaded it on our truck and delivered it to the end customer. The building was approximately 36 feet long, 17 feet wide and 70K lbs.

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Power Distribution Center

Power Distribution Center

Power Distribution Center

Power Distribution Center
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 
 

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A 1960’s old, used rail locomotive was donated to Heber Valley Railroad based in Heber Valley, Utah. Duffy Crane & Hauling was contracted to load out the pieces by Heber Valley RR so they could haul the units back to Utah for restoration. They are a non-profit RR museum and also use the old locomotives to provide mountain tours by rail in the Utah mountains.

The heavy pick was the locomotive and weight is approx. 180,000 lbs. We used our 350 ton crane and 210 ton crane to do a tandem lift to load onto a large trailer.

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Engine and Rail Car Move, Boulder, CO

Engine and Rail Car Move, Boulder, CO

Engine and Rail Car Move, Boulder, CO

Engine and Rail Car Move, Boulder, CO

Engine and Rail Car Move, Boulder, CO

Engine and Rail Car Move, Boulder, CO

Engine and Rail Car Move, Boulder, CO

Engine and Rail Car Move, Boulder, CO

Engine and Rail Car Move, Boulder, CO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 
 

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The lift was to hoist a 95,000# Genset (generator with diesel engine for emergency power) to the third floor roof structure.
We have been installing CRAC units (computer refrigerated air conditioning ) for the telecommunications gear in the building at this Denver location. Each crane was a 400 ton crane reaching 50 feet up and 50 feet in over the edge of the roof.

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Duffy Crane Madison Communications -  Champa

Duffy Crane Madison Communications -  Champa

Duffy Crane Madison Communications -  Champa

Duffy Crane Madison Communications -  Champa

Duffy Crane Madison Communications -  Champa

Duffy Crane Madison Communications -  Champa

Duffy Crane Madison Communications -  Champa

Duffy Crane Madison Communications -  Champa

Duffy Crane Madison Communications -  Champa

Duffy Crane Madison Communications -  Champa

Duffy Crane Madison Communications -  Champa

Duffy Crane Madison Communications -  Champa

Duffy Crane Madison Communications -  Champa

Duffy Crane Madison Communications -  Champa

Duffy Crane Madison Communications -  Champa

Duffy Crane Madison Communications -  Champa

Duffy Crane Madison Communications -  Champa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Working for GE Medical at Platte Valley Medical Center in Brighton. The terrain and location of the entry to the hospital required a 210 ton crane to reach 90 feet in radius and about 20 feet up in elevation with the 13,000# MR magnet. We then "skated" the magnet into the room, set it on center-line and leveled it on the VibroPads (vibration isolation ).

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