The Highway 30 overpass from a bird’s eye (or a drone)

Work on the Highway 30 overpass on the east side of Grand Junction remains ahead of schedule, and according to the project manager, it’s progressed so that even rainy weather won’t affect it.

GreeneCountyNewsOnline asked Sean Sebourn, FAA-licensed drone pilot of Sebourn Video Services, to film a bird’s eye views of the construction. The drone video shows what the site looks like from 300 feet above.

Once the horizontal beams are all placed, a wood frame with supports will be built below it and rebar will be placed. The concrete bridge deck will be poured, and the wood frame will be removed.

Because of the risk of dropping a beam, a Union Pacific flagger is onsite, signaling to trains when they’re a mile out from the site if the crew is setting a beam. If the train can’t stop, the crew does.

Notice the extensive earthwork on either side of the roadway. The approach to the overpass has been engineered to increase the safety of motorists, making the slopes gentler on both side of the overpass and on both sides of the highway.

Also notice the new box culvert to accommodate W. Beaver Creek on the east end of the project. One crew was working on that while another crew worked on the overpass.

The project is on track to be completed in mid-November.


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