Elk Lick Load-Out
- Location: Man, WV
- Owner: Cliffs Natural Resources
- Fenton Project Manager: Tommy Wallace
- Fenton Project Superintendent: Tracy Hatfield
The Elk Lick Load-Out Facility is a private entity owned by Cliffs Natural Resources, one of the nation’s leading providers of fossil fuels and precious minerals. We were contacted by CNR to replace a multi-span timber bridge in very poor condition that was vital to the shipment of the earthly materials via rail. The project was a complete design-build and the entire contract was awarded to Fenton. Over four months was spent on pre-construction, conceptual design and engineering and four months was spent on construction. The project consisted of replacement of all timber piles and bents with 20’ new steel piles and pre-cast concrete caps. Also, Fenton installed piles and caps for future expansion of their rail line to install a new main track for traffic in both directions in and out of the facility.
The existing timber bridge itself was replaced with 6 steel pile bents, 8 piles per bent and pre-cast concrete caps. Pile was also driven at each bridge abutment and pre-cast caps and wing walls were also installed. The spans consisted of a 4 wide box girder configuration that included over 20 pre-cast box girders. All of this work was completed with-out disruption of rail traffic thanks to our impeccable planning and help of our preferred engineering firm CSR. Through planning, open lines of communication, and flawless execution, Cliffs Natural Resources now has a structure on their line that is safe, reliable, and will stand the test of time.