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NEW PROJECTS

January 2017Loftus was awarded an emergency project to shield SEPTA tracks and repair the existing bridge deck carrying Abbotsford Road over SEPTA in Philadelphia. Loftus was a subcontractor to RoadCon on this PennDOT project and work was completed in four weeks and the road was open to traffic.

January 2017 − The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) awarded Loftus a contract to replace the structure carrying Woodland Avenue over SEPTA tracks in Philadelphia. This single plan bridge will be constructed in stages to accommodate existing utilities. Valued at $7,863,000, this project is scheduled to start in May 2017 and will be completed by October 2018.

July 2016 − Continuing a successful string of bids to reconstruct bundles of bridges under one contract for PennDOT following the Group J and Group K projects, Loftus was awarded the Group L Bridge Project by PennDOT. This project involves the replacement or reconstruction of ten structures located throughout the Delaware Valley, most notably the repair of the damaged structure carrying Oxford Valley Road over Route 1 in Morrisville. This $11,799,000 project is scheduled to be completed in August of 2019.

April 2016PennDOT has awarded a contract to Loftus to reconstruct the masonry arch bridge carrying Adams Avenue over Tacony Creek in Philadelphia, PA. The $2,813,000 contract will start May 9, 2016 when the road will be closed to traffic and the road will be reopened to traffic on or before September 2, 2016. The work includes reconstructing the three span masonry arch and spandrel walls, repainting and rebuilding the wing walls and fortifying the parapets with a moment slab and concrete core design.

January 2016Montgomery County (PA) has awarded a contract to Loftus to reconstruct the bridge deck carrying Ashmead Road over SEPTA and CSX railroad tracks in Cheltenham Township. The $515,000 contract includes a latex modified concrete overlay of the entire bridge deck, miscellaneous concrete repairs and a minor amount of roadway reconstruction. The project will start immediately after Loftus opens the Adams Avenue Bridge to traffic that is being constructed for PennDOT. The project was substantially completed in December 2016.

December 2015PennDOT has awarded a contract to Loftus to replace the bridge carrying Convent Road over Chester Creek in Aston Township. This contract is being constructed in conjunction with Delaware County and is valued at $2,731,000. The existing bridge will be replaced with a single span steel girder bridge. The project will also include roadway reconstruction and widening to improve pedestrian and vehicular traffic through the area. The work will commence in May 2015 and will be completed by July 2017.

PROJECT MILESTONES

December 2016 − The Ashmead Road Bridge in Cheltenham Township (PA) was reopened to traffic after a six-week detour. The deck received a latex concrete overlay and a number of other structural repairs were completed. Alex Craft managed the project for Loftus and Wayne Gehers was the Crew Leader.

November 2016 − The 41st Street Bridge carrying traffic over Amtrak in Philadelphia was opened to traffic after 18 months of contraction and an almost TWENTY YEAR period where it was closed to traffic. The two-span steel bridge contained a plethora of architectural and aesthetic features to blend into the neighborhood and to commemorate the area. John Muir, Senior Project Manager, worked tirelessly to build the bridge under difficult site conditions and adverse barriers while Tom McNally and Jim Marino managed the crews’ performance.

November 2016 − After six months of construction and numerous differing site conditions and change orders, Loftus reopened the Adams Avenue Bridge to traffic. This three-barrel masonry arch bridge was originally intended to have the masonry reconstructed and a new concrete slab and parapets built. However, severe underpinning of the footings and excessive deterioration and shifting of the existing arch barrels caused numerous changes to the project scope. Alex Craft did an excellent job working through the myriad of contract changes while Wayne Gehers, assisted by Jake Loughery, handled all the craft work.

In December 2015, Loftus completed the Country Lakes Dam Project in Pemberton Township, NJ and restored traffic over Dams 1 and 3. The project, valued at $6,148,976 was started in July, 2014 and was completed ahead of schedule in spite of numerous contract changes, adverse weather conditions, and flooding. The Project Manager for Loftus was Angelo Faia and the Crew Leaders who worked on the project were Tom McNally and Jim Marino.

In January 2015 Loftus completed the reconstruction of the Willow Grove Avenue Bridge in Philadelphia, PA. This contract with the City of Philadelphia and valued at $3,250,000 was started in December 2014. The project involved the reconstruction of a three span steel bridge over SEPTA tracks. John Muir was the Project Manager for Loftus. John was assisted by Project Engineer Alex Craft, as well as Crew Leader Wayne Gehers.

On May 14, 2015 − Loftus completed the erection of steel girders for the 41st Street Bridge Project in Philadelphia, PA. This contract is being completed for the City of Philadelphia and entails constructing a new two span steel girder bridge over Amtrak and SEPTA. The contract is valued at $10,735,000 and started in April 2015 and will be completed in November 2016. The completion of the steel erection work is a critical component to the timely completion of the project. John Muir is the Project Manager for Loftus. John is being assisted by Project Engineers Scott Rinck and Corey Day, as well as Crew Leaders Tom McNally and Jim Marino.

LOFTUS TEAM NEWS

On January 28th, at the 2017 Annual Company Party, the following individuals were honored for their years of service:

  • Five Years of Service
    • Joe Tyrpin
    • Dave Young
  • Ten Years of Service
    • Rick Kaminski
  • 15 Years of Service
    • Karin DiVece
    • Forest Hanna
    • Karen Semko
  • 20 Years of Service
    • Rob Frye
    • Jim Marino
    • Carmen Valerio

We are very proud of the team at Loftus and their loyalty and longevity with the company. Congratulations to all of the team members above and THANK YOU VERY MUCH!

On December 28, 2016, a new member to the Loftus Family joined us as little Elena Valentina Faia was born! Weighing in at 6 lbs. 12 oz. and 20 inches, Elena was welcomed into the world by her father Angelo, a Project Manager at Loftus, and his beautiful wife Collette. All of us at Loftus wish health and happiness for Baby Elena and her loving parents!

On December 9, 2016, Corey Day, Project Engineer, received his Professional Engineer license from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. We are very proud of Corey and congratulate him on his dedication and hard work!

On October 22, 2016, Alex Craft, a Project Manager at Loftus, married his lovely fiancée Lisa Millice in a beautiful ceremony and reception at the Corinthian Yacht Club in Cape May, NJ. Best of luck to Alex and Lisa from all of us at Loftus Construction!

At its April 2016 chapter meeting the Delaware Valley Chapter of the American Society of Highway Engineers honored Jeffrey Given, PE – Director of Procurement at Loftus for his service as President of the Chapter during the 2015-16 session. All of us at Loftus are extremely proud of Jeff and send out a hearty CONGRATULATIONS to Jeff, his wife Courtney and children Nolan, James and Riley.