After rolling and sliding bridges into place, UDOT has now successfully completed it’s first launch.
Early Sunday morning, August 8, UDOT completed placement of the west span of the new Layton interchange, closing the freeway for a mere five hours. The bridge was built on the side of the freeway out of the way of live traffic. Crews used a hydraulic jack to carefully nudge the bridge into place inch by inch.
UDOT has used Accelerated Bridge Construction methods on 20 bridges since the first bridge move in 2008. ABC saves time for road users over regular construction because new bridges are built nearby then moved into place, keeping the freeway open during construction.
Read a story in the Ogden Standard Examiner for more details on the launch or watch a KSL story, below, to see a time-lapsed video and get an overview of other construction in the area.