Traylor, as part of Ship Channel Constructors, has begun work on construction of the Sam Houston Tollway Ship Channel Bridge Replacement. The joint venture will build two new landmark cable-stayed bridges across the channel, while maintaining traffic on the busy water- and roadways along the alignment. Critical to the team’s selection was our extensive cable-stayed bridge building experience, proven ability to work effectively in the water, and a smooth transition of resources.
Current major items of work include drilled shaft production at the main span piers, column installation on the north side approaches, assembly and commissioning of a new concrete batch plant, and mobilizing the casting yard.
The drilled shafts required at the main span footings are some of the largest Traylor has ever completed: 8 feet in diameter and 246 feet deep. The precast segments are among the largest Traylor has cast as well, at 82 feet long and over 12 feet tall, weighing more than 140 tons.
Upcoming milestones include ramping up the batch plant to full production, installing caps and girders on the north approach piers, and early coordination activities for work on the south side of the job.
Project completion is scheduled for late 2023.