When Oakley, CA officials decided to drain a local canal that supplies drinking water to the city’s 33,250 residents, a new source had to be built in order to maintain water services. Marques Pipeline, a Sacramento-based engineering firm, was chosen to design and construct a new supply line which would serve as the municipal drinking water source for Oakley. Prior to the start of construction, Marques needed to run temporary lines across a nearby creek to allow water service to continue; and they turned to salesperson Mike Downs and Mabey Inc. to provide a temporary bridge and facilitate the project.
Mike’s solution consisted of a 104′x14′ Mabey panel bridge, 40′ high, which would support the temporary pipeline – and the water they transport – as it spanned the creek. The standard decking was left out of the design to accommodate the pipes. Transporting enough water for 33,000 residents is no small task. Three, 3′ diameter and one, 1′ diameter pipes were required to provide Oakley with the water it needed and when full, they can exert more pressure on the bridge than traditional vehicular traffic. Thanks to Mabey’s panel bridge solutions, Marques solutions completed the install of the temporary pipelines, and facilitated the delivery of drinking water to an entire town.