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Bridge Building Project in British Columbia Calls for North American Industries’ Custom Gantry Crane

December 2007

North American Industries won a bid to design and build an outdoor gantry crane for Golden Crossing Constructors Joint Venture whose project involves completing a new bridge (the Golden Ears Bridge) linking the mainland to one of the islands in British Columbia near Vancouver. The bridge will span one kilometer with six lanes crossing the Fraser River. Thirteen kilometers of new road will be created as well as a vital new link between communities on the south side of the river - Langley and Surrey - and the north-side communities of Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows.

The 40 Metric ton gantry built by North American Industries will play a key role in the bridge project, loading and unloading barges of pre-cast concrete and steel beams. The double girder double leg gantry crane includes lights, a generator mounting platform, and other features which allow it to work in outdoor conditions on a bridge. The girders’ span over 20 meters, the gantry track extends 250 meters, and the trolley and end trucks are variable speed.

North American Industries is also providing a working supervisor for 5 days to inspect, test, and train after Golden Crossing completes installation. The Golden Ears Bridge is expected to be open in 2009.

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