AGF Access assists with bridge construction
By Lindsey Anderson12 September 2018
The Windsor location is providing equipment to build a new bridge connecting Detroit to Windsor, Ontario, Canada
AGF Access – Windsor was selected by EHV Power, a Quanta Services company, to supply and install a customized access solution of scaffolding and tarping for relocating power lines as part of the new Gordie Howe International Bridge megaproject.
The construction of the new cable-stayed bridge requires the dismantling and undergrounding of more than 4.7 miles of high-transmission voltage power lines. AGF Access’ reusable, all-around scaffolding system and tarps allowed workers to build enclosed transformer pods to access the high voltage lines. Six of the 12 power cable termination pods have been completed.
The pods, which were located at various heights from 20 feet to 150 feet, provided an enclosed working environment. The temporary scaffolding was anchored to 4,000-pound blocks tied off with cables to support up to 15 workers at one time. A tarping system allowed EHV Power to work through the winter, providing a water and snow resistant environment for workers.
“Scaffolding was the right access choice for this project,” said Brian Jean, supervisor, AGF Access - Windsor. “Scaffolding can give you safe access to places you can’t get to with lifts and ladders and provides a stable floor to walk on – you don’t even notice you are working at height.”
“The access solution was very important, yet an easy-to-use option for this massive undertaking,” said Ilario Iacoucci, engineering manager, EHV Power. “AGF Access was able to deliver their product and service on time and on schedule. We wouldn’t hesitate to use them again.”
The new bridge is symbolically named in honor of Canadian ice hockey player Gordie Howe, who played for most of his career for the Detroit Red Wings. Howe died on June 10, 2016. The Gordie Howe International Bridge is scheduled for a completion date of 2022.