Heavy Highway

Wadsworth Brothers Construction Company is a recognized leader in bridge and highway construction in the State of Utah. WBC began as a bridge contractor in 1991 and has evolved into a multifaceted construction company with three different divisions, over 200 employees, and a reputation for tackling the toughest jobs in the heavy-highway market. Over the past several years, Wadsworth, in partnership with the Utah Department of Transportation, has pursued various methods to shorten construction time and reduce the impact of construction on the traveling public. One of the most innovative approaches has been Accelerated Bridge Construction, or “ABC”.

During the summer of 2008, in a nationally unprecedented event, Wadsworth Brothers Construction moved four massive bridges into place over the span of just two weekends. These bridges were located along I-80 in Parleys Canyon at Mt. Dell and Lambs Canyon. The bridge replacements in Parleys Canyon offered unique challenges due to the lack of detours and the need for coordination with businesses to reduce construction impacts. There was no margin for error since the bridge replacements had to occur quickly to restore traffic flow on the interstate.

Wadsworth Brothers Construction responded by meeting the challenges and exceeding national records for bridge replacement time. Over the first weekend, two bridges in these locations were replaced in 22 hours. Over the second weekend, the two eastbound bridge replacements at these locations were completed in 16 hours, the fastest known bridge replacement for two structures in North America.