Highway bridges are found all across the country and in all 50 states. And, as everyone involved in the construction, maintenance, and repair of bridges knows, most of them have to be inspected every two years.
And that’s just the mandated routine inspections.
Of course, while the vast majority of these bridges rarely exceed 100 feet or so in height. However, there are also quite a few that do get up to and even above 200 feet high. And the distance from a bridge deck to the foundation, or waterway, below isn’t the only dimension that presents inspection challenges.
Accessing the under bridge areas of most highway bridges is relatively easy with the proper equipment. However, some highway bridges in the United States are expansive and wide, making comprehensive inspections somewhat problematic.
Take the Prairie Creek I-65 Bridge found in Boone County, Indiana, for example. This concrete arch bridge over Prairie Creek is only 50 long but presents engineers and contractors with a width of just over 220 feet.
And there are multitudes of bridges throughout the country that have bridge decks in excess of 100 feet wide.
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Mike O’Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge
Bridge Inspections Mean Sufficient Under Bridge Access
At Under Bridge Platforms we understand well the challenges faced by our customers and the requirements of their jobs when it comes to accessing highway bridges, whether that’s for routine inspections, scheduled maintenance and cleaning, or occasional repairs.
Which is why we provide a wide range of under bridge platforms for providing the under bridge access needed for any job.
One of the striking distinctions about many of the bridges in the Western United States is not only the often remote and rugged locations, but the sheer height of these spans. And this means that accessing the areas underneath the bridge deck is often not possible from the ground.
Another element that inspection crews must take into consideration is the width of many of these large bridge structures. To properly conduct a routine bridge inspection requires crews to get “up close and personal” for visual and hands-on inspection functions.
All of which means that safe, secure, and convenient under bridge access is a must. And having the equipment to provide this is essential.
When the Space is Wide and the Bridge is High – HPT66 Truck-Mounted Platform
Under Bridge Platforms offers an extensive selection of equipment for deploying work crews underneath bridges for all types of work, including routine inspections. And when the need is for equipment that can provide extensive horizontal reach, we’ve got you covered.
For example, the HPT66 truck-mounted platform.
This truck-mounted bridge inspection unit can lower a 66-foot long working platform down to just over 21 feet below a bridge deck. Once deployed, it provides an impressive 4,100 square-feet of under bridge area.
And, despite the size of this under bridge platform vehicle, the HPT66 can be put into operation within 15 minutes after being positioned on a bridge deck.
For those especially wide bridge decks that cannot be reached from the ground, our HPT66 is just the ticket!
Getting on, Down, and Under Quickly and Efficiently – Aspen Aerials A-30 Bridge Inspection Unit
Often, when it comes to bridge inspection work, agility and versatility is required in the under bridge access equipment used.
And, while a larger unit might be employed to do the job, it’s often not practical nor cost-effective to bring a vehicle with 55 or 66 foot long booms for a bridge that is only 30 or 40 feet wide.
Which is where the Aspen Aerials A-30 really fits the bill.
Most highway bridge inspections require versatile and lightweight under bridge access equipment and our A-30 bridge inspection unit is perfect for your smaller bridge inspection and maintenance projects.
Offering an impressive 40-foot downward reach, this unit can place a 600 pound capacity bucket or a 17-foot long maintenance platform underneath a bridge deck quickly and safely.
For Bridge Inspection Equipment We Provide the Best – From the Plains to the West
Under Bridge Platforms serves all of the Western States, including California, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Montana, and Wyoming to provide quality under bridge access equipment.
Our large and expanding inventory of under bridge access platforms includes state-of-the-art bridge access platforms such as the versatile Truck Mounted Hydra Platform HPT38 and the rugged Skyjack SJB-66TK self-propelled unit.
There are a variety of different bridge inspection platform vehicles featuring multiple capabilities. In addition, determining the best choice for your work or project also depends on both the structure and the terrain.
So, while cost is certainly important, the vehicle capabilities and your specific project needs should be the dominant deciding factors in your equipment rental decision.
With a professional firm you can rely on to guide you through the process, buying or renting the right under bridge inspection vehicle and bridge inspection platform equipment for your project means we are here to help you make the proper selection.
We are proud to be the only company in our industry based in California that offers total under bridge access. By offering high quality customer service, we have managed to build long-lasting relationships with our esteemed customers.
And we work hard to keep it that way.
Contact us today and let us help you with your under bridge platform and bridge access needs.