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4 Slowdowns to Anticipate During a New Bridge

Posted by Edward Dill on Jun 18, 2018 9:02:00 AM




There are a lot of potential hurdles to a successful bridge building project. As bridge utilities experts, Aptus has seen more than our share of projects stalled, halted, and otherwise interrupted by unexpected red tape.

When you’re managing a major bridge construction project, particularly repairing or installing bridge-attached utilities, here are a few common causes of slowdowns to anticipate.

Waiting on Subcontractors

Bridge projects are complex, involving hundreds and sometimes thousands of professionals to complete. Each element of a bridge build, from design to concrete pouring, involves an array of subcontractors (and sub-subcontractors, and so-on.) Bridges are built in layers, each one building on the next, so a singular delay at the subcontractor level can hold up every subsequent installation moving forward.

Change Orders

Change orders are the enemy of efficiency. Sometimes, though, they’re a necessity. In bridgework, change orders rarely happen on a whim but are instead driven by unforeseen structural issues or material problems. They are most likely to occur when a material arrives damaged or insufficient for a project, for example, or when a site assessment mid-way through a build uncovers structural issues unique to the location. Change orders and the resulting hold-ups can have ripple effects for timelines at every level of a bridge project.

Weather Delays

Bridge projects are inherently susceptible to weather delays. Bad weather – and sometimes even just slightly-less-than-ideal weather – can delay the installation of utilities, the pouring of concrete, the laying of cables, and more. Poor weather conditions for bridgework can include everything from high winds to precipitation to freezing temperatures, and more. Weather can impact a bridge project indirectly, too, by slowing down materials shipments that may be on their way to a bridge site.

Inspections and Punchlists

Inspections are necessary to ensure any construction project is managed safely, effectively, and according to code. Unfortunately, they’re also one of the most unpredictable elements of bridge construction. Both internal and external inspections have the potential to uncover problems or issues that must be remediated before work can resume which makes them one of the biggest threats to a project’s timeline. End-of-project punchlists, including those done at the subcontractor level, are also prone to holding up particularly large-scale projects.

Bridge utilities are complex. These projects always involve multiple entities working together towards a common goal and they’re always subject to forces outside of their control like weather and code regulation. It’s imperative to work directly with an expert team of technicians and project managers to ensure the least number of delays possible.

When it comes to bridge utilities projects, Aptus is an industry-leader for a reason. We’ve worked on thousands of bridges to keep utilities projects on-budget and on-schedule. Our experience helps us pinpoint potential hurdles before they arise and create workarounds when unavoidable slowdowns occur.

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Topics: Bridge Build, New Bridge Build