Cold Spring Construction Company, located in Akron, New York, has built roads and bridges since 1911, and they have owned Steel-Ply and Max-A-Form and other Symons forming systems for many of those years.

The contractor was awarded the $18 million contract to build a 10-mile stretch of 4-lane highway located in Mansfield, Pennsylvania. The project included four simple span bridges and one four-span bridge which needed to be completed on a tight schedule.

Project Superintendent and Manager Ted Walker planned to utilize Steel-Ply for the twentyfive footers required for this project, and gangs of horizontal Steel-Ply with 5" Versiform® walers to form the abutments. His experience showed that the load-gathering capabilities of this combination saves time and labor by providing quick gang setup and breakdown, and reducing the number of ties and the labor associated with them.

The 4-span structure consisted of two abutments and three piers. Each bridge pier consisted of one 60' long x 30' high base, three circular columns 4'-6" diameter and 20' high, and one cap beam 5'-6" wide x 6' high x 60' long. Staying on schedule for the entire project required that the schedule be very aggressive for this structure, so the contractor wanted to construct several elements simultaneously.

After evaluating their concrete forming needs, the contractor called on Symons to “bridge the gap” for them by providing additional Max-A-Form inventory to help them achieve their goal.

With forms for the sides of the pier bases and parts for two pier caps provided by Symons® by Dayton Superior, Cold Spring was able to construct one pier base, two sets of columns and two pier caps at the same time to meet the project deadline.

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