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 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

New 300T Link-Belt Truck Crane

Williams Construction Services is pleased to announce the arrival of its new Link-Belt HC-278H II 300 ton truck crane.  This crane, with up to 330 ft of main boom, is capable of  heavy lifts at great distance and height such as erection of large trusses and tall tower cranes.  As an added feature, it can do everything a similarly capable hydro crane can do at a greatly reduced cost.  This crane really is the best option for short term rentals of the most difficult lifts.  For additional information and rental inquiries, please contact them at 703-335-7830 or by email at cranes@wmsi.com.

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