Comansa takes the high road

By Euan Youdale06 June 2011

Three Linden Comansa 21 LC 290 flat top tower cranes help construct the San Marco bridge, Mexico

Three Linden Comansa 21 LC 290 flat top tower cranes help construct the San Marco bridge, Mexico

Linden Comansa is helping to construct the Mexico Tuxpan highway which will link the country's capital city with the coast town of Tuxpan, in the Gulf of Mexico.

The 293 km road will include 2.5 km of bridges and 4 km of tunnels. Sixteen bridges are to be built along a 36.7 km section in the State of Puebla, alone. One of them is the 850 m long San Marco bridge for which five 18 tonne Linden Comansa 21 LC 290 flat tops are being used in the construction of the pillars. The pillars will stand more than 200 m high, making it the world's second highest pillar bridge, after the Millau viaduct in France, according to Comansa.

The cranes at the San Marco bridge have been erected with 74 m maximum jib-lengths and can load up to 2.7 tonnes at the end of the jib. During the work they will reach considerable heights: from pillar 2 to 6, they will stand 105, 198, 244, 140 and 75 m, respectively.

Groke, Linden Comansa's official dealer in Mexico, is carrying out the work, lead by the Mexican ICA and Spanish FCC consortium.

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