Telecommunications infrastructure relies on bridges to bring voice, data, and high-speed internet to people around the world. Here in the U.S., many of today’s most notable technological advancements would not be possible without continued improvement to the country’s telecom infrastructure system.
Bridge-attached telecom utilities are particularly vulnerable to the elements. Conversely, they’re typically much easier to modify than telecom utilities that are buried or otherwise inaccessible. The basis of maintaining bridge-attached utilities for telecom is simple.
Galvanization and Moisture Protection
As with any bridge-attached utility, rust is always a primary concern for telecommunications lines, cables, and metal equipment. When installed, utility piping must be treated to ward off structurally-damaging rust. These pipes – many of which protect sensitive cables and data transmission lines – can be maintained in a number of ways: by utilizing aluminum piping which is naturally resistant to rust; through painted-on coatings that keep moisture out; through polarized galvanization techniques.
Grounding Telecom Utilities
One of the most important considerations for telecom utilities is grounding. Grounding improves safety outcomes for end-users in the event of lightning, and it also ensures communications systems will stay functional through a significant lightning strike. Grounding and bonding telecom infrastructure on bridges is a complicated endeavor that is subject to industry-related standards as well as the National Electrical Code grounding requirements. An experienced bridge utilities maintenance team can ensure telecommunications equipment is properly grounded and that all conduits are functional during regularly-scheduled maintenance checks.
Bridges, Utilities, and Vibrations
In addition to inherent vulnerabilities to moisture, salinity, and even ice, bridge utilities must also withstand significant movement relative to other stationary equipment. Bridges, particularly vehicular bridges, vibrate constantly, and it’s imperative all utilities including telecom housings are sufficiently moored to the structure itself. Wind is an ongoing concern in areas that experience extreme weather and for bridges that span water or great heights. It is best practice for utilities’ primary connection points to attach to the most stationary part of a bridge such as a pilon.
Aptus is a leading name in bridge utility work, and telecommunications is one of our most prominent sectors. We’ve worked with hundreds of clients in the telecom industry, installing new lines and equipment, maintaining existing cabling pipes, and even to repair damaged or degraded components. Our team has the know-how and the necessary tools to perform any bridge utility project safely and efficiently.Want to find out more about how Aptus is helping improve telecommunications infrastructure on bridges? Reach out to our team today to speak with a regional representative near your project.