On Monday, the first shipment of bridge components made at the Canal Street plant left for New Jersey.
The Milton company has been making the parts for Acrow Corp. of
Carlstadt, N.J., which is providing a bridge to be used at Ground Zero
at the World Trade Center disaster.
|Photo by Kate Collins/The Daily Item|
|Joe Lupo of Milton welds a steel support beam which will be used on a bridge at Ground Zero in New York City. Milton Steel received the order for the beams last week, and since then approximately 30 employees have been working voluntary overtime to complete the project.|
“We manufacture parts for Acrow. We have had a long relationship with them,” Milton Steel Vice President Chris Holcombe said.
On Monday, Holcombe said most of the parts for the bridge had already been made at the Milton plant.
He said the components will be preassembled at Acrow’s plant in New Jersey.
He said the work did not add to their orders. “It was within our normal range,” he said.
Because of the need to get the components done quickly, he said about 30 employees were working overtime.
“We had some men coming in two hours early and others working two hours later,” he said.
He said cooperation was excellent among employees.
The Milton company supplied Acrow with steel that had already been manufactured in Milton.
Acrow placed the order for the materials on Jan. 14.
Acrow will begin construction of the $2 million two-lane bridge on Jan. 28.
The bridge will enable trucks to go in and out of the seven-story pit. The construction is expected to last about a month.
The bridge will be used for about two years to remove debris and for reconstruction.
The bridge is to be installed at a 12-degree angle and will reach from the street level into the lower portions of the collapsed towers.
A special finish has been applied to the surface so the trucks don’t slip. The trucks using the span are expected to weigh 80,000 to 90,000 pounds.