With the new $3B Panasonic electric vehicle battery plant being built in De Soto, KS, infrastructure along K-10 needed an upgrade due to the expected traffic growth. The Kansas Department of Transportation looked to replace the poor condition deck on the eastbound K-10 bridge over Kill Creek, along with replacing the approach slabs, resetting the bearings, and painting the girders. Clarkson Construction Company of Kansas City, MO was awarded the $3.8M project in the Spring of 2023, with a completion date of November 2023.
The tight construction schedule to re-open K-10 by November and the risks related to the height of the bridge spanning over the Kill Creek were the main challenges for this important re-deck project. Saving time in the schedule was critical for painting operations to avoid cold temperatures and the possibility to miss the completion date.
While conventional corrugated metal stay-in-place forms were initially proposed for deck construction, the Kansas Department of Transportation prefers transparent stay-in-place forms or removeable forms to allow for initial and routine inspection of the deck. Clarkson Construction contacted TrueTech Bridge to supply ClearCast Forms to help safely speed construction of the deck and avoid building costly scaffolding below the bridge to strip lumber formwork. With the time and labor cost savings of the ClearCast Form System, Clarkson was able to complete the project on-time and re-open EB K-10 prior to the Thanksgiving holiday.