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SEP 2013

Concrete Products covers the issues that attract producers of ready mixed and manufactured concrete focusing on equipment and material technology, market development and management topics.

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FEATURE PRECAST/PRESTRESSED Texas precast bridge is a global first Downtown Fort Worth's skyline—lined with buildings designed by famed architects such as Louis Kahn, Tadao Ando and Renzo Piano— is transforming once again as the new West 7th Street Bridge nears completion. With its series of sculpted network arches and modern architecture, the new $26 million bridge will serve as the gateway between downtown and the city's cultural district. "The idea was to turn to our successes in precast technology and mass production—only, we knew we wanted something more attractive for the West 7th Street Bridge," said Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Structural Engineer Dean Van Landuyt. "Aesthetics were paramount. We tried to do something worthy of the great buildings and great architects who have worked in the city." PHOTOS: Heldenfels Heldenfels Enterprises produced 102 foor beams for the project. Each beam is 86-ft. 4-in. long and 5-ft. 8-in. deep at the midpoint or belly, tapering to a thin 16 in. at the ends. 34•September2013

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