Every day, millions of Americans drive on roads and highways as part of daily routines. From going to work, visiting friends, shopping, riding the bus to school, and more, our highways connect the very details of our lives.
But do you ever stop to REALLY think what it takes to make this work possible? Zac Farrell, Project Manager for the John R Jurgensen, Eaton Asphalt and Haydon Bridge Company joint venture, gave incredible perspective on the realities of time, cost, crews, and materials it takes to accomplish a huge project in Northern Kentucky.
By the Numbers
- 2 new bridges constructed (new Norfolk Southern RR & one for US25) to allow for a Single Point Urban Interchange
- 2 new double cross over diamond intersections (some of Kentucky’s first!)
- 3 part-project: Rickwood, Mt. Zion, and I-75
- 4 miles of water main relocated, plus all utilities for both Mt. Zion and Richwood (sanitary, water, gas, and overhead power relocation support)
- 9 highway miles
- 22 retaining walls
- 200+ crew members
- 48k square yards of concrete pavement
- 50k laid feet of storm pipe
- 120,000 tons of aggregate base used
- 220,000 tons of asphalt
- $125M project, 3 parts, Richwood, Mt Zion, and I-75.
The project was a design-build endeavor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC), comprising three distinct projects consolidated into one. Spanning from the Mt. Zion Road Bridge to the Boone County line along I-75, it involves a comprehensive resurfacing of a 9-mile stretch. With 200 crew members dedicated to the task, the timeline for this significant project began with the original bid in October 2019 and actual work commenced in March 2020.
The project was massive and faced new challenges for Zac and his crews, such as the need to construct a temporary line for the Norfolk-Southern railroad–a first for many of the Eaton Asphalt and John R. Jurgensen crew members. From laying utility lines and pipes to moving serious amounts of aggregate and asphalt, every person on the project had a critical role to keeping the end goal in mind.
The all-hands approach to this project has kept it moving forward in great time, with an anticipated completion date of or before November 1–putting this project’s conclusion right in the heart of Careers in Construction month.
Pride. Respect. Demand. Construction has it all.