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.
The Yale Street Bridge has been around since 1931 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Houston, Texas. The bridge, among the lowest-scoring in the area in terms of modern standards, has been a source of discussion for years as commercial development to the south has increased. TxDOT nearly closed the bridge in 2012, when trucks weighing more than 3,000 pounds per axle were restricted from using it because of structural concerns. The bridge was reinforced with fiber reinforcing in 2013 and the load rating was increased to 10,000 pounds per axle. This new rating still kept many trucks delivering goods to the stores and restaurants along Yale and Heights Blvd. from using the bridge. After 85 years of serving the public, the bridge was demolished in 2015. The new bridge will have two 14-foot wide outside lanes to accommodate turning for trucks, two 11-foot wide inside lanes and 5-foot wide sidewalks in each direction. The bricks from the original bridge deck will be reused on the sidewalks.
Stiver Engineering provides construction consulting through structural analysis and works with contractors to develop demolition plans for bridges and elevated structures.