Looking Under the Sixth Street Bridge February 14, 2018
On the surface, one may not realize the construction and configuration underneath the bridge. Several utilities, including an eight-inch force main, eight-inch gravity sewer, and an eight-inch water main, have been installed and secured. All these utilities are held in place by pipe hangers, pipe rollers, and many other components that make up the pipe support system.
Pipe supports, or pipe hangers, are a design element which transfers the load from a pipe to the supporting structure. The load includes the weight of the pipe, the content that the pipe carries, all the pipe fittings attached to pipe, and the pipe covering. The overall design configuration of a pipe support assembly is dependent on the loading and operating conditions.
With these utilities now installed, all the in-water work is now complete. Over the next few weeks, the contractor will be wrapping up the project by installing the water quality bio-swale, sidewalks, rails, and paving the project area. It is anticipated that this project will be complete by the middle of March with the understanding that completing the permanent paving is contingent on weather.