Mabey’s Temporary Roads Enable Utility to Keep the Power On

  • Energy and Pipelines, Construction, Infrastructure
  • Temporary Access and Roadways
  • Wappingers Falls, NY
  • October 2014

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Mabey’s Temporary Roads and QuickBridges® Enable Utility Company to Keep the Power On


Mabey Provides Access Over Tough Terrain for Transmission Project

Central Hudson Gas & Electric was working on the OR, EM & PX Line Project to perform several miles of line maintenance and repair. Seasonal rains saturated the ground and elevated the water level in the nearby Hudson River. Central Hudson Gas & Electric needed a way to get their equipment to the transmission line site without getting stuck in the mud. Mabey was able to provide the solution.

Mabey met with Central Hudson to walk the site and evaluate their needs. There were several obstacles in the pathway of the proposed temporary road: two rock walls, three wire fences, two deepwater screens and a two-inch water pipe. In some areas, the water levels were three feet higher than normal. Mabey engineered a plan to overcome all obstacles by installing two QuickBridges® and the DuraBase® matting system to pave the way to the transmission line work. This project was executed in two phases.

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Phase One began in July 2014 and Mabey’s professional installation team built the initial roadway over two miles long with staging areas for equipment and work pads placed in strategic locations for vehicle turnaround points. Each truckload of of mats weighed 30,000 lbs but the interlocking mats flexed and held securely to support the trucks as they made it safely to their destination. Equipment and crew kept safe and dry.

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Mabey’s professional installation team installed 677 mats during the first phase of the project and was able to relocate 216 of those to a second location for Phase Two. The project was completed Fall of 2014. Using Mabey’s temporary roadway system allowed Central Hudson to proceed with this project without having to wait for the ground to dry. They were able to get their transmission work completed on schedule and keep their customers’ power in good working order.

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