Stiver Engineering was asked to provide a crane lifting plan for lifting an expansion joint for the Fred Hartman Bridge located over the Houston Ship Channel. As the combined weight of the heavy-duty crane and the expansion joint exceeded the optimum load rating of the bridge, Stiver Engineering came up with a frame design that was placed under the crane outrigger pads to distribute the loads efficiently. Due to the limited work area Stiver Engineering proposed the lifting and installation of the expansion joint to be carried out in three stages.
As part of the Brazos Street Bridge demolition in Houston, Texas, Stiver Engineering provided a demolition staging plan for the bridge concrete decking that would be replaced. We also developed a bridge beam shoring system and a plan to jack up the steel bridge beams to replace existing bearing pads at all bents and the abutments.
Houston’s Waco Street Bridge, which had frequently been hit by oversized trucks, was proposed for demolition by the Texas Department of Transportation. Stiver Engineering provided the custom plan that the contractor used to successfully complete the demolition.
Stiver Engineering provided shoring design services for the construction of three new railroad overpasses on Hempstead Road in Houston. Due to the proximity between the proposed and existing overpasses, a shoring system had to be implemented that was only 12 feet away from the railroad. The shoring design, which followed AREMA and UPRR guidelines, consisted of sheet pile with wale sets, tie backs and grouted anchors. Construction of the overpasses was performed in multiple phases, and Stiver Engineering successfully carried out designs that were tailored for the needs of each phase. The project was completed in September 2019.
The SH 288 Reconstruction Project includes improvements that encompass a 10.3-mile stretch from US 59 to the Harris County line at Clear Creek and involves the expansion of three major interchanges:
- Beltway 8, which will include (8) new direct connector/ramp bridges.
- Loop 610, which will include (8) new direct connector/ramp bridges.
- The Texas Medical Center, which will include (2) new direct connector/ramp bridges.
Stiver Engineering provided construction consulting through the demolition design and plans for the Southmore Boulevard Bridge, Holly Hall Street Bridge, 610 Interchange Bridges, SH 288 Bridges at Bellfort Street and SH 288 Bridges at Holmes Road.