For over 20 years, contractors have trusted Mabey Inc. to provide the temporary bridge and structural shoring solutions they need to complete their jobs safely and efficiently. Mabey once again demonstrated the versatility of these solutions recently when the organizers of the annual HyVee Triathlon asked them to provide two pedestrian bridges to transport event goers to the grand stand area, without interfering with the race.
Working with Mabey engineers, product specialist Jim Porreca recommended Mabey QuickBridges fixed atop Mabey Mat 75 towers to provide an elevated walkway and safely convey spectators across the race route. Contractors have trusted Mabey’s QuickBridges to carry pedestrian and vehicular traffic across spans of up to 40′ for years, but Mat 75 systems are generally utilized to support bridges under repair, or other medium-duty structural shoring applications. However, because of the modular product’s versatility, it can be implemented easily across a range of applications – including as pedestrian bridge piers. In this case, contractors erected two, 15′ Mat 75 towers in each of two different locations along the race route. One 40′ QuickBridge was then fixed to the top of each pair of towers and safety rails were added. Steps will be brought in prior to the race, allowing attendees to reach the top of each tower and cross safely to the grand stand area.
Event organizers had the security of knowing that their solution was designed to the safest standards by Mabey engineers, and because Mabey products are designed to work together without the need for welding or fabrication, it was assembled quickly – saving time and money.
The HyVee Triathlon is an Olympic-distance triathlon race held in West Des Moines Iowa as part of the ITU Triathlon World Cup. The event serves as one of three qualifiers for the U.S. Olympic team, and features one of the largest purses on the triathlon tour.