City of Visalia’s Ben Maddox Avenue/State Route 198 Bridge Widening

NV5 provided the full suite of construction management, resident engineer, structure representative, and inspection services for the $4.7 million ARRA stimulus-funded Ben Maddox Avenue/State Route 198 bridge widening, which entailed the demolition of the existing non-functional railroad crossing, construction of a new overcrossing, and widening of existing roadway to accommodate four additional traffic lanes. The bridge improvements include the construction of a four-span, precast, prestressed, concrete box girder bridge; modifications to the intersections at Noble Avenue and Mineral King Avenue; and upgrades to the railroad crossing adjacent to the new structure at Ben Maddox Avenue and Noble Avenue. Close coordination with the San Joaquin Valley Railroad and adjacent businesses for temporary construction easements and property improvements was instrumental in the successful completion of the project. The project included precast girders for which detailed shop drawing had to be submitted and approved before they were fabricated. NV5 worked closely with Caltrans Design, the consultant designer, and the fabricator to expedite the review of the shop drawings and get girders into the casting schedule.