In late 2011, CEC was contracted by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation to provide surveying services for the future construction of a new bridge and approaches on SH-19 in Garvin County. The survey limits for this project included the main truss bridge over the Washita River, the over-flow bridge, and over 1,000 feet of topography upstream and downstream of the vast Washita River. In addition to the complexity and intricacy of an ODOT survey, there were several other factors that were encountered as a part of this project:
- At a bridge length of approximately 500ft coupled with the absence of no shoulder, safety was of the utmost importance when furnishing the necessary data while paying close attention to traffic.
- Another safety factor encountered was surveying the Washita River itself. Both the depth and the fast pace of the water made acquiring the flowline topography extremely difficult, but with the help from a boat we were able to get the job done safely and effectively.
- Much of the survey limits throughout this project were in thick woods, making the use of GPS difficult. CEC survey crews made quick and efficient work throughout the trees, skillfully traversing all of the terrain needed to have the most precise data possible.
From field to office the CEC team did a great job of maintaining our standard of excellence on the submittal of this survey. In surveying we lay the groundwork for what is to come, and seeing the beautiful construction of the new bridge on SH-19 over the Washita River is a great example of what it means to Get Stuff Built Right.