ACT-8

Pitt River Bridge

Pitt Meadows, BC, Canada, 2010

Twelve ACT-8 work platforms were used for the construction of a cable-stayed bridge in the Vancouver area. For this project, Fraco has developed front extensions that allowed access to the sides of each pillar.

Began in 2007, the bridge has six (6) pillars holding 96 cables. General contractor Peter Kewit Sons, Co. choosed Fraco for the installation of 12 ACT-8 units to provide access to the pillars.

Bridge's columns provided quite a challenge for Fraco's regular setup; in order for workers to install and adjust cables tension, Fraco had to develop a solution. The company came up with a fully adjusgtable drawer extension which can be mounted on its regular ACT-8 units.

"From the beginning, we knew that ACT-8 platforms were the perfect answer to the challenge of accessing each cable level of pillars," said Francois Villeneuve, vice-president at Fraco Products. "The idea was to find a way to access each cable face of pillars and still being able to move the platform up and down in a short period of time. The drawer platform can be quickly extended and retracted on demand each time a cable needs to be installed or adjusted. The drawer can also move laterally in order to adapt to the taper shape of each pillar."

The ACT-8 units, which feature an elevation speed of 38 feet per minute, tackled the 130-foot-tall columns one by one beginning in October 2008. As of May 2009, the project was almost complete.