Rampart Hydro Services has been working on a major interstate highway project in Utah. The hydrodemolition work has been happening on I-215 at SR-201 in Salt Lake County. This is the Utah Department of Transportation’s second hydrodemolition project of the year. The first, also completed by Rampart, was in Summit & Wasatch Counties on US-40. Later in the summer, Rampart will be working on Utah’s third hydrodemolition project also on I-215 at the Knudsen Corner Bridge.
The hydrodemolition process is significantly extending the life of Utah’s bridge decks. Because hydrodemolition does not damage surrounding structures or cause micro-fracturing, the DOT saves time and money. On the I-215 project, UT DOT estimates that hydrodemolition is saving approximately $2.5 million.
Reporters from television stations and newspapers were on hand to watch and record the hydrodemolition process. Interviews were conducted with UT DOT’s project manager and engineer.
Utah Department of Transportation personnel are also happy with the lack of dust and debris. Unlike traditional jackhammers, hydrodemolition produces no dust and proper shielding prevents debris from flying outside the immediate work area. This is safer and allows the traveling public to continue to use the adjacent highway lanes.
Articles and videos of hydrodemolition work in Utah:
UT DOT Transportation Blog press release: http://blog.udot.utah.gov/2016/07/press-release-udot-uses-high-pressure-water-jets-for-bridge-demolition/
UPDATED – August 12, 2016
Since this article was written, Rampart Hydro Services’ hydrodemolition process has been featured on some well known website, including: Road & Bridges, Popular Mechanics, Wired, Infrastructure USA, and Construction Equipment Guide. The hydrodemolition work performed for the Utah Department of Transportation saved the State time and money, while extending the bridge deck life for many years. Our bridge infrastructure across the country is failing. This type of bridge rehabilitation utilizing hydrodemolition is a smart way to preserve bridges well into the future.