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Video: 545 Cubic Yards of Concrete Poured for New Phoenix Bridge Deck

A new Interstate 17 bridge in Phoenix is nearing completion as concrete was poured recently for the northbound deck.

The I-17 northbound bridge over Central Avenue is replacing a span built in 1962 that has been demolished in stages while the new bridge is constructed.

The concrete was applied by an extended boom pump system that was based at street level, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

“For this particular operation, 545 cubic yards of concrete were poured for this span in just a matter of hours,” reports ADOT.

Check out this ADOT video of the concrete pour:

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Work on the $13.5 million project began in May 2020. The southbound steel-girder bridge has been demolished and reconstructed. Traffic now uses that bridge while the northbound span is built. Once completed, traffic will travel three lanes in each direction.

Along with the upgrade, the new bridges will be wider to eventually add lanes after funding becomes available, ADOT says. The bridges also provide increased clearance for commercial trucks and to accommodate a future light-rail line.

The project is expected to be completed this year.

New “Interstate 14” Added to $1.2 Trillion Infrastructure Bill

A 20-year effort to designate an Interstate 14 through five Southern states, providing a link between a dozen military bases, could become a reality if the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill that passed the Senate clears the House.

The proposed interstate corridor extends 1,300 miles from Interstate 10 in Texas to Interstate 20 in Augusta, Georgia, passing through Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. It would run past military installations and 14 ports. Much of the interstate would use existing roadway to be upgraded to interstate standards and new I-14 signs added.

Interstate 14 map military bases
This map shows the route of the proposed I-14 and the military installations and ports it would run near.Youth Infrastructure CoalitionSupporters say the proposed interstate would enhance military training and increase deployment options. Other benefits, they cite, are improved interstate connections between major cities, boosting economic development in low-income areas along the highway corridor, providing an alternative route for long-haul truck traffic to reduce congestion in other areas and creating a route farther north of the Gulf Coast that is less apt to be closed due to hurricanes and flooding.

Currently, a 25-mile section of I-14 exists in central Texas between Killeen at Fort Hood and Belton, Texas. The section of U.S. 190, which had been built to interstate standards, was added to the interstate system in 2017. The Gulf Coast Strategic Highway Coalition has been working to get incremental designations of the highway for the past 20 years.

Interstate 14 signs first placed in Texas
The I-14 signs to the left are the first for the new interstate. They were placed in 2017 for a 25-mile stretch in Texas.Gulf Coast Strategic Highway CoalitionThe I-14 amendment to the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill passed by the Senate was introduced by Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Raphael Warnock of Georgia.

“I applaud my Senate colleagues for supporting this bipartisan amendment to designate future Interstate 14 across Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia, so we can begin the necessary work to upgrade this road system and connect strategic military installations across our states,” Cruz said.

“This planned route would connect military installations across Georgia and drive economic opportunities to our rural communities,” Warnock added.

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These 5 Road Projects in the Northeast Win Awards

Five road projects have won awards from the Northeast Association of State Transportation Officials.

The winners are as follows:

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation — Ohiopyle Multimodal Gateway project (Quality of Life/Community Development, Small category) (See photo at the top of this story.)

New Hampshire Spaulding Turnpike improvements
To address safety concerns and increased congestion, the New Hampshire Department of Transportation completed a $177.5 million project that improved the Spaulding Turnpike from Exit 1 in Newington, across the Little Bay Bridges, to Dover.New Hampshire DOTNew Hampshire Department of Transportation — Spaulding Turnpike Improvements (Quality of Life/Community Development, Medium category)

New Jersey road shoulder installation Route 1
The $25 million Route 1 Permanent Hard Shoulder Running Project overseen by the New Jersey Department of Transportation improved safety, increased emergency access, increased capacity and travel reliability, and cut commute times by up to 50 percent.New Jersey DOTNew Jersey Department of Transportation — Route 1 Permanent Hard Shoulder Running project (Operations Excellence, Small category)

Margaret Rose Henry Bridge Delaware
The Delaware Department of Transportation alleviated traffic congestion and created more transportation options for a Wilmington community by constructing the $82 million Senator Margaret Rose Henry Bridge.Delaware DOTDelaware Department of Transportation — Margaret Rose Henry Bridge and Approach Roads project (Operations Excellence, Medium category)

Interstate 93 expansion New Hampshire
The New Hampshire Department of Transportation widened a 20-mile segment of I-93. The $755 million project has improved safety and traffic flow.New Hampshire DOTNew Hampshire Department of Transportation — I-93 Expansion project (Operations Excellence, Large category)

This is the second of four regional contests within the national America’s Transportation Awards competition. The three highest-scoring projects from each regional competition earn a place on a “Top 12” list of projects, which will compete for the Grand Prize – selected by an independent panel of industry judges – and the People’s Choice Award, chosen by the public through online voting.

The top two winners also receive $10,000 cash awards, to be donated to a charity or scholarship of the state DOT’s choosing.

The “Top 12 finalists” vying for the Grand Prize and People’s Choice awards will be announced in September, with online voting for the People’s Choice award beginning at the same time.

The winners of both Grand Prize and People’s Choice awards will be announced in October at the AASHTO Annual Meeting in San Diego.

The awards are sponsored by AASHTO, AAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.




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Shell Naturelle Aimed at Easing Environmental Concerns

Biodegradable lubricants are gaining increased interest as more states and municipalities work to reduce the environmental impact of construction activities.

Even small leaks and spills of machine fluids and grease runoff are of particular concern around sensitive aquifers, groundwater sources, water sheds and wildlife habitats.  Rainfall can carry these contaminants many miles where they wind up in streams, lakes, rivers and the ocean. In some California districts, operators are required to park their construction machines on large sheets of heavy-duty plastic at the end of the day to prevent accidental fluid leaks from contaminating leaching into the soil.

As environmentally acceptable lubricants or (EALs), Shell Naturelle products can reduce risks to the environment while at the same time providing the engine, gear, bearing and hydraulic system protections you need to keep your machines in good running order. And by using Shell Naturelle lubricants and greases, construction contractors can meet a multitude of regulatory requirements and reduce their impact on local ecosystem.

For the construction and mining industries, the Shell Naturelle brand includes ester based hydraulic fluid, grease fluid, high pressure grease including:

Shell Naturelle S4 Hydraulic Fluid 46Shell Naturelle S4 Gear Fluid 150Shell Naturelle S5 Grease V120P 2

By using biodegradable materials with low aquatic toxicity and no bioaccumulation these products offer protection to plants and animals. Bio-derived content and solar powered manufacturing also reduce the carbon footprint during manufacture, and recycled plastic packaging helps reduce plastic waste.


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Industry News Roundup: H&E Opens Kansas City Branch

H&E Equipment Services is expanding into the Midwest with the opening of its new Kansas City branch. The 21,000-square-foot facility sits on nearly 2 acres with six service bays, a fenced-in yard, offices and parts warehouse.

The branch specializes in the rental of aerial lifts, telescopic forklifts, earthmoving machinery, compaction equipment, generators, compressors, and more and represents the following manufacturers: Allmand, Atlas Copco, Blue Diamond, Bomag, Case, Club Car, Gehl, Generac Mobile, Genie, Hamm, Husqvarna, JCB, JLG, John Deere, Kubota, LayMor, Ledwell, Link-Belt Excavators, MEC, Miller, Multiquip, Okada, Polaris, Skyjack, SkyTrak, Sullair, Sullivan-Palatek, Takeuchi, Towmaster Trailers, Wacker Neuson, Wirtgen, Yanmar, and others.

Case CE names Diamond, Gold dealers

Case Construction Equipment has named its top 2020 dealers, recognized for excellence in sales performance, marketing and communications, product support, parts support and training.

The 2020 Diamond Dealer award winners are: ASCO Equipment (Texas), Groff Tractor (Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey), J.R. Brisson Equipment (Ontario, Quebec), Longus Equipment (Quebec), McCann Industries (Illinois, Indiana and Michigan) and Redhead Equipment (Saskatchewan).

The 2020 Gold Dealer award winners are: Crawler Supply (Louisiana), Eagle Power & Equipment (Delaware, Pennsylvania), HiTrac (1974) Inc. (Winnipeg, Manitoba), Kucera Group (Ontario), Lawrence Equipment (Virginia, North Carolina), Medico Industries (Pennsylvania), and Monroe Tractor (New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut).

General Equipment adds Superior Industries coverage

General Equipment & Supplies, Fargo, North Dakota, will add Minnesota and North Dakota to its coverage of Superior Industries’ full line of equipment.

General will offer Superior’s crushing, screening, washing and conveying equipment in addition to parts and service. The dealership first offered Superior products in 1982 and has 10 branches throughout four Midwestern states.


CNH Industrial Q2 revenues at $8.9 billion

CNH Industrial reports revenues for the second quarter were up 60% year over year.

The Case Construction Equipment parent says its construction order book was up YOY in both heavy (up 6%) and light (up 21%) subsegments. Construction equipment demand increased 42% in North America and net sales were up 92% globally.

Hyundai deal With Doosan Infracore in final stages

The expected Hyundai Heavy Industry Holdings $735 million buy of Doosan Infracore from Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction has moved through a major regulatory hoop, having gotten the OK from the Korea Fair Trade Commission, according to a report by The Korea Herald.

Newly formed HHIH affiliate, Hyundai Genuine, will have a 35% stake in Doosan Infracore, says the paper.

As reported earlier, Doosan Bobcat is not part of the deal and remains with Doosan Heavy.

When the deal was announced in December, Doosan Infracore North America told Equipment World in a statement that the deal didn’t mean that North American customers will see a combined Hyundai/Doosan market presence.

Terex raises 2021 guidance after strong Q2

Terex has raised its full-year sales outlook to $3.9 billion following Q2 net sales of $1.03 billion, compared with $690 million in Q2 2020.

The company’s aerial work platform division had Q2 net sales of $595 million, compared with $413.9 million last year during the same time period. Terex’s material processing division net sales rose from $263 million in Q2 2020 to $440 million in Q2 2021.

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Trail KIng Live-Bottom Trailer Designed for Maneuverability, Maintenance … and Good Looks

Trail King’s new live-bottom trailer is flashy on the outside, rugged on the inside with lots of features that make maintenance easier to boot.

Inside the eye-catching aluminum or stainless-steel trailer sides and front wall are hopper walls with long-lasting 4-millimeter thick AR450 wear plate in the rear half, with full length wear plates available as an option. A heavy-duty, 4-inch pitch roller chain and frictionless drive system make quick work of discharge, unloading the full trailer in one revolution or less.

Round cross members attach to cast steel mounts on the side walls to reduce material build up. The simplified rear tailgate offers corrosion-resistant aluminum lift cylinders and an auto flip-up option.

The air and electrical lines are mounted on the exterior with aluminum or stainless-steel covers for simplified maintenance. The exterior front bearing assembly is easy to get to, and the chain oiler and brushes are located at the front idler for better oil distribution and accessibility. Likewise, the bolt-on upper coupler/kingpin and front fenders make maintenance faster and easier.

The new Trail King live-bottom trailers are also offered in single or dual hydrostatic drive and multiple axle configurations.

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Add On When Needed: Panasonic 2-in-1 Toughbook G2 Built for the Future

Panasonic continues its year of Toughbook introductions, this time with an eye toward users who not only want the option of a keyboard but also future-proof technology.

A keyboard is only the first of the options on the G2 fully rugged 2-in-1 detachable tablet. There are several add-ons expansion packs or what Panasonic calls xPaks that give the unit functions such as a serial port, thermal camera, barcode reader and a quick-release SSD hard drive. Owners can add this functionality in three modular expansion areas whenever needed since the xPaks are user installed and removed.

The Panasonic Toughbook G2 can be operated solely in tablet form or be paired with a keyboard.
The Panasonic Toughbook G2 can be operated solely in tablet form or be paired with a keyboard.Panasonic“No other table has this modular expansion pack approach,” Anthony Mungiello, Toughbook senior product manager, tells Equipment World. “You can get a total of 36 combinations between the three expansion areas. This gives people flexibility, helps future proof the G2, and they can add any of these xPaks at any time.” Contractors can also share xPaks among several users.

The G2’s 10.1-inch display is available with Windows 10 Pro; the unit has an 18.5-hour battery life. It also has three programmable buttons to quickly access commonly used applications or shortcuts. Working in landscape mode, one of the programmable buttons is located on the right-hand side of the tablet, making it easy to use as a camera or scanner.

“If you have a barcode scanner, for example, you can program one of your buttons to immediately go to the scanner,” Mungiello says.

And all of this comes with the baked-in ruggedness Panasonic has spent the past 25 years developing in its Toughbooks. In part because of this legacy, the company is making the G2 backward compatible with docking stations on the Toughbook 20, which came out in 2015, and the Toughbook G1, which came out in 2013.

“We know there are thousands of devices out there that are mounted in work vehicles, and being able to reuse those docking stations is a huge cost savings,” says Alex Nollmann, Panasonic’s director of public sector.

The G2’s heat management should be of particular interest to contractors, Nollmann says. “It can easily be in direct sunlight on a hot day. The device handles extreme heat.” Panasonic’s use of thermal piping keeps the processor from overheating and does not impact the integrity of the unit, he says.

Contractors might also be attracted to the G2’s screen brightness – or lack thereof. “We’ve been known for years for having extremely bright screens, but it’s also becoming more important to have dim screens as crews work at night,” Nollmann says. “You don’t want a 1,000-nit screen affecting their night vision on the side of the road.”

The G2 can go down to 2 nits, which almost appears as a black screen except in a complete blackout environment. More important, it has a night vision mode that turns the screen a red hue, taking out the whites and blues, enabling users to look at the screen and then at the surrounding environment without losing night vision. Users can activate this feature manually or have it come on automatically as it senses ambient light.

Nollmann also says the G2’s speakers are four times louder than previous models, making it easier to hear on noisy construction sites.

With the 2-in-1 design, the G2 can be used as a tablet or laptop. It uses Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 and has 16 GB to 32 GB of memory. The 2.9-pound basic tablet starts at $2,999, with xPaks and keyboard sold separately. The keyboard adds another 2 pounds.

“Dual SIM (physical and eSIM) is actually innovative in the rugged space,” Mungiello says. Using eSIM, users can easily install SIMs on multiple units, and they don’t have to worry about the SIM card coming loose in a vibration-intense environment.

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Industry News Roundup: EquipmentShare Gains $230 Million in Funding

EquipmentShare says its new $230 million funding will help it launch its core T3 construction operating system and expand its suite of technology solutions.

“We are eager to leverage this milestone round to launch several initiatives, with the continued goal of empowering contractors and accelerating productivity in construction,” says Willy Schlacks, EquipmentShare president and co-founder.

The company says it will soon launch T3, a solution that digitizes and connects assets, people and materials. T3 will “give contractors real-time visibility into parts of the jobsite that are historically difficult to track and manage,” it says.

In addition, Columbia, Missouri-based EquipmentShare says it plans to significantly increase its footprint in the U.S. in 2021 and grow its total presence to more than 100 locations, including rental, retail and service. It now says it’s hiring 100 new employees a month. 

The funding round was led by Tiger Global Management, The Spruce House Partnership and RedBird Capital Partners. Addition participation came from Tru Arrow Partners and EquipmentShare’s existing investorsRomulus, Insight Partners and Anchorage Capital Group. 

tlas Copco adds Caisson Consultant
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Atlas Copco

Caisson Consultant has been named a dealer for Atlas Copco Power Technique.

Caisson will provide sales, service warranty and application knowledge for Atlas Copco’s DrillAir high-pressure air compressors.

Incorporated in 2004, Caisson provides foundation equipment in the Ontario, Canada region, focusing on foundation drilling and geotechnical market segments. Specializing in piling, anchor, tieback and  limited access machines, it offers technical support, rentals, sales, RPOs, tooling and wear parts. 

Trophy Tractor builds Burleson facility

Trophy Tractor is adding a 28,000-square-foot facility on 13 acres in Burleson, Texas. The new facility will have eight service bays in a climate-controlled shop area, a 5,000-square-foot office space and a parts storage building.

The company specializes in providing new, used and reconditioned haul trucks, loaders, dozers, scrapers, excavators, along with a variety of other earthmoving equipment. 


Hitachi hires customer care director

Hitachi Construction Machinery Loaders America has hired Marcelo Fazolin as its director of customer care.
In his new position, Fazolin will spearhead Hitachi’s After Sales Solution mission, which includes parts, support services, ConSite fleet management solution, global e-Service platform, remanufacturing and training.
Fazolin comes to Hitachi after global experience in automotive sales channels and supply chains.

Pitts Enterprises founder Andrew Pitts passes
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Andrew Pitts Jr.Pitts Enterprises

Andrew Pitts Jr., 90, founder and former CEO of Pitts Enterprises, died on July 16th.

Pitts built his first logging trailer in 1976 and went on to found Pitts Enterprises, which manufactures a variety of forestry trailers, hydraulic elevating loader carrier trailers, open and closed top chip vans and moving floor vans. The company continues as a family business under the leadership of Andrew’s son, Jeff Pitts, who has lead the company as CEO since 2002.

Iron Capital adds RPO option for used equipment

Iron Capital says it is making rental purchase options to its product offerings, designed to fill a gap between rental and purchase options.

The company says the RPO options give contractors the ability to rent with the option to buy that applies a portion of the rental payments towards purchase. Iron Capital says its approach is unique in the North American used equipment market.

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