I-66 Outside the Beltway Uses Nine Williams Construction Services Cranes

Williams Construction Services’ 300-ton LinkBelt and 200-ton LinkBelt lift a precast girder over I-66 East for the new Gainesville Park and Ride exit.
Sound Walls between Jermantown and Waples Mill Rds

As the Transform 66 Outside the Beltway project continues, Williams Construction Services is providing equipment rentals to multiple customers working on various projects along the highway. On January 27, 2021, nine different WCS cranes performed work for three different customers from 7:00 AM on Wednesday to 5:00 AM the following day.

The day began at the intersection of I-66 and I-495, where a 40-ton Terex worked with FAM to install rebar on new piers for eastbound express lane exits. Just down I-66 West from there, a 20-ton National and 35-ton Lorain installed sound walls for Webber at Gallows Road and Cedar Lane.

Rebar at Route 50 West

Continuing down I-66 West, WCS’s 125-ton Krupp was installing sound walls for Webber on the eastbound side of the highway between Jermantown Road and Waples Mill Road. WCS also provided Webber with a 100-ton LinkBelt to complete rebar installation on a new pier for the Route 50 West overpass.

After working five cranes during the day, four cranes were used for night lifts that required lane closures. At Route 50, WCS’s Liebherr 330-ton 1300 was used by Webber to lift precast girders for the new Route 50 East overpass. I-66 westbound lane closures were required for the girder delivery, and a 55-ton Terex assisted with unloading.

Precast Girders at Route 50 East

In Gainesville, a 300-ton and 200-ton LinkBelt teamed up with Indus to lift precast girders over I-66 East for a new exit into the Gainesville Park and Ride facility (see video). The size of the girders required each to be picked by two cranes and placed on the piers during overnight lane closures of I-66 East.

At the end of the 22-hour stretch, Williams Construction Services’ cranes and operators had worked upwards of 75 hours on I-66 at seven different locations. WCS has rented cranes to FAM, Webber, Indus, and other contractors throughout this project, and continues to work on bridge, pier, and sound wall installation at numerous locations along the project route.

“Transform 66 Outside the Beltway” is a design-build project with VDOT, I-66 Express Mobility Partners, and general contractor FAM. Construction began in 2017 to add express lanes to a 22.5-mile stretch of I-66 from I-495 in Falls Church to Route 29 in Gainesville. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2022.

Williams Versatility on Display at Norfolk Parking Garage

Despite having the word “steel” in their name, Williams Steel Erection Co., Inc. does more than just hang iron. The company’s broad experience in heavy construction can be seen through their work with erecting bridges, moving massive transformers, and erecting precast structures as displayed in it’s recent work on the West 38t Street Parking Garage in Norfolk, Virginia.

The new 240-space parking garage will service a new 150-unit apartment complex adjacent to Old Dominion University. Williams Steel Erection’s scope of work including erecting approximately 250 pieces of structural precast including columns, shear wall panels, double tees, and stairs with the heaviest weighing in at 65,000 pounds.

Erection was done with a 330-Ton Liebherr LR1300 crawler crane and a 210-Ton Link-Belt ATC-3210 hydraulic truck crane, both provided by Williams Construction Services. The precast concrete was supplied by Concrete Building Systems.

The combination of experience performing difficult heavy construction work and a wide range of on-hand owned and operated equipment makes Williams Industries, Inc. a leader in complex projects of all types in the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond. Take a look at some photos of this project below and check out the rest of the site for more.

Williams Cranes Help Transform I-66

This summer Williams Construction Services provided 13 cranes to erect girders on 8 bridges as part of VDOT’s and I-66 Express Mobility Partner’s “Transform 66 Outside the Beltway” project. The design-build project with general contractor FAM Construction began in 2017 to add express lanes to a 22.5-mile stretch of I-66 from I-495 in Falls Church to Route 29 in Gainesville.

In the summer of 2020, work began in earnest on replacing many of the bridges that run over the interstate. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, the WMATA Orange Line shut down, which allowed a small window for bridge work to be completed. During the maintenance shutdown, Williams Construction Services provided cranes and operators to erect bridge girders for the new spans of Cedar Lane, Gallows Road, and a new off ramp connecting I-66 Eastbound to I-495. Beyond the Orange Line, Williams Construction Services worked on Waples Mill Road, Poplar Tree Road, and Route 50 Westbound, and also widened I-66 over Cub Run and Bull Run.

Each bridge presents its own unique challenges, and requires a diverse fleet of cranes. Williams Construction Services used its 300 ton Link Belt, 210 ton Link Belt, 135 ton Grove, and 135 ton Link Belt during the execution of this project, and continues to work with FAM Construction on the remaining bridges over I-66. The “Transform 66 Outside the Beltway” project is scheduled to be completed in 2022.

See our cranes at work throughout the summer

Williams Steel Highlighted by Link-Belt

JMU Atlantic Union Bank Center

Williams Steel Erection Co., Inc. was recently highlighted on Link-Belt.com for their work on the new Atlantic Bank James Madison University Convocation Center in Harrisonburg, VA.

The feature showcases Williams Construction Services new 100-ton Link-Belt HTC-86100 hydraulic truck crane alongside their existing 200-ton Link-Belt LS-248H II lattice crawler crane and 200-ton Link-Belt HC-248H lattice boom truck crane.

Williams Steel erected the steel for the new 8,500 seat arena including eight 250 ft-long trusses weighing 60 tons each. The article features the erection of the final truss which had to be erected in extremely tight quarters from the bowl of the arena. The company successfully completed the pick in October.

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Williams Steel Erection Co., Inc. provides structural steel erection services for all sizes of projects in the Mid-Atlantic region. Williams Construction Services rents cranes up to 330-ton capacity, performs heavy haul operations, and provides rigging services in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern Regions. Visit wmsi.com for more information on the services that these and other Williams Industries, Inc. subsidiaries can provide for your next project.

Another Bridge at Loudoun Gateway

Williams Steel Erection Co., Inc. and Williams Construction Services have done it again with the erection of a pedestrian bridge connecting the new Loudoun Gateway Station on the second phase of the Washington Metro’s Silver Line to a new parking garage being built by Loudoun County to service the station.

This 175 ft long, 100 ton bridge was assembled on the ground in two pieces and set in place using Williams Construction Services 300 Ton capacity truck crane.

To successfully complete this project, Williams Steel drew on their extensive experience building pedestrian bridges on 5 of the stations that make up the second phase of the Silver Line for which they won a 2019 Washington Building Congress Craftsmanship Award. The Loudoun Gateway Station can be seen in the background of the photo above.

The tight placement and size of this bridge provided unique conditions which Williams Steel overcame by building the bridge in two sections utilizing a custom engineered shoring solution to support the bridge during final placement. It is this type of carefully planned operation that Williams Steel Erection and Williams Construction Services specialize in.

Check out more pictures of this operation below.

Dulles Silverline Work Featured in Local News

Williams Steel Erection Co., Inc.’s work with the erection of the pedestrian bridges for Phase 2 of the Dulles Silverline extension is progressing.  Pictures of the work have featured recently in several local internet news sites.  Here are links to the articles showing the progress of this important and very visible phase of the project work.

Note: Links are to external sites not operated by Williams Industries, Inc.  Williams Industries, Inc. does not accept any responsibility for the content on external sites.

Pedestrian Bridge Erection for Silver Line Extension

Williams Steel Erection Co., Inc. is assembling and erecting 32 pedestrian bridges for Phase 2 of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Silver Line Extension project.  The bridges will connect the 5 at-grade stations in the median of the Dulles Toll Road and Dulles  Greenway to the wayside parking areas.  Below are pictures from August 21st and 23rd setting 2 spans at the new Herndon Station.  Check back soon for more updates on this project.

Dulles Metrorail – Phase 2 Progress

Williams Steel Erection Co., Inc. is performing the structural steel erection on Phase 2 of the Dulles Metrorail (Silver Line) project.  Steel Erection started this summer and the first station is nearing completion.

Dulles Metrorail - Innovation Station
Dulles Metrorail - Innovation Station

Work has also started on the assembly of the pedestrian bridges that will carry passengers from the wayside areas to the stations.  The bridges will be assembled on the ground in sections that weigh up to 200,000 lbs, then hauled to their final location using our heavy haul rig and set in final position with one of Williams Construction Services’ fleet of cranes with up to 300-Ton capacity.  Check back for future updates as the project goes forward.

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150 Ton Truss at Harvest Life Changers Church

When it comes to large, complicated projects, Williams Industries, Inc. has the knowledge, experience and equipment to make even the most challenging visions come to life.

On January 16th, Williams Steel Erection Co., Inc. erected a 150 ton, 206 ft long truss and 26 ton stabilizer truss as part of the auditorium roof at the new Harvest Life Changers Church facility in Woodbridge, VA.  Williams Construction Services provided a 300 Ton lattice boom truck crane, 200 Ton crawler crane, and 175 Ton hydraulic truck crane for the lift.  Of the 2,200 tons of steel on the project, fabricated by E&H Steel Corporation, about 350 tons will be incorporated into the completed roof.

Take a look at some of the pictures from the lift below and check back for more as erection progresses.

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On February 12th we had a aerial photographer take pictures of the site to show our progress to date and capture a unique view of the project.

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