In an effort to improve traffic flow at Canada’s premier trade gateway – the Windsor to Detroit border crossing, Bermingham had been contracted to assist in the $1.4 billion construction project. Upon completion, the Parkway will provide a direct connection from Ontario’s Highway 401 to Interstate 75.
In April 2012, Bermingham began foundation work on the bridge, tunnel piers and abutments. The work involved driving more than 1500 HP310 x 110 (HP12 x 74) piles, varying 80’ to 110’ in length utilizing two Terex HC165 cranes. The cranes were equipped with a B5505 diesel hammer on 120’ of L18 Vertical Travel Leads and Bermingham’s new three stage spotter. Given the job site’s close proximity to residential neighborhoods, noise levels were an ongoing concern. When interviewed by The Windsor Star, Cindy Prince (spokesperson for the Parkway Contractors Group) noted, “We have not received a lot of neighborhood complaints with respect to that activity. It is our goal and intent that situation remains that way”. Cindy credited the new state-of-the-art Bermingham equipment for running quieter than many had originally anticipated.
In an effort to ensure the project flowed smoothly, much coordination and collaboration was needed by all parties. By committing and adhering to the original timeframe and configured drawings Bermingham was able to handily beat expectations in terms of ensuring that the next pier and/or abutment were ready and in place for the excavation company and General Contractor (PIC) to do their part. The piles pre-ordered by the General Contractor were often too short, but with a combination of efficient splicing and continuous planning, the project was completed ahead of time.