ODOT to present Award to Tuscarawas County Engineer for entry into National LTAP Competition
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Monday, September 13, 2010) – Through the Ohio Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) Office of Training and Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP), the Tuscarawas County Engineer Joseph S. Bachman, P.E., P.S. was recently recognized with a Honorable Mention Award entry into the National LTAP Build a Better Mousetrap Competition and was Ohio’s First Place Winner for his Bridge Building Process entry.
The Build a Better Mousetrap Competition’s purpose is to collect and disseminate real world examples of best practices, tips from the field, and assist in the transfer of technology. ODOT District 11 Deputy Director Dick Bible, P.E. said, "The competition is a fantastic way for innovative ideas to be exchanged with others that may benefit from different concepts and perspectives. It is also a great way for local and county transportation workers and other LTAP clients to get some well earned recognition for their hard work, specifically Mr. Bachman and his department."
For many years, the Tuscarawas County Engineer’s Office constructed bridges completely with its own county forces, including precasting their own concrete beams for bridges up to 31-feet in length, building new abutments for longer concrete beams that were purchased, and bidding them furnished and set.
Bachman said, "The intent behind our process improvement entry was to reduce the road closure/construction time and improve safety conditions for our workers by reducing the time they had to work below grade, building forms and tying steel."
Bible said, "The Tuscarawas County Engineer’s Department really went outside the norm to improve their work process for the benefit of the public."
The county developed a process to order rebar for their standard abutment wall design so that it was bent and shipped in kit form, then designed cage-tying jigs and had them fabricated by an outside vendor. They purchased a lifting beam to load and set the cages and forms, so they could pre-assemble the abutment wall cages during the off-season along with their precast bridge beams. This saved significant time and exposure spent below grade tying steel and setting form panels individually. Additionally, their form panels were shop-assembled and lowered into place along with the prefabricated wall cages.
Overall, the county reduced the inconvenience to the traveling public by reducing road closures from six to four weeks, reduced labor costs by utilizing a three-person crew and spending fewer hours on-site, created additional off-season work for their bridge crew, allowed for efficient and productive work for county forces, saved profit costs of using outside contractors, saved taxpayer dollars, and improved safety by reducing work below grade by 90 percent.
Bachman said, "With the time saved, we are now able to build additional bridges during the construction season – an average of eight per year."
Bible will present this award to Bachman at his office at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, September 15th, 2010.
TIME: 2 p.m., Wednesday, September 15, 2010
LOCATION: Tuscarawas County Engineer’s Office, 832 Front Avenue SW, New Philadelphia
For more information contact:
Becky Giauque \Jee-awg\, Public Information Officer, at (330) 308-3949
or email D11.PIO@dot.state.oh.us
ODOT District 11 serves Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson and Tuscarawas counties.