Western Mechanical Installs Humber Spans

Replacement Railroad Bridge in Downtown Toronto

Heavy-lift contractor Western Mechanical has transported a set of replacement bridge spans for the Humber River railroad bridge in downtown Toronto, Canada.

The breakbulk project involved precision lifting and installation of 400-tonne spans, each measuring 30 meters in length. A team from Western Mechanical utilized an Enerpac SBL1100 telescopic hydraulic for the lift.

“The telescopic legs meant we had the vertical movement to lift the span section clear of the bridge itself. The gantry’s independent track system running the length of the bridge gave us east-to-west movement parallel to the bridge providing us the ability to utilize Enerpac’s independent motorised gantry leg rollers saving time to reset for the next adjacent span lift,” said Rob Doucet, project manager for the heavy-lift division of Western Mechanical.
Installation of the Humber River railroad bridge project was completed over eight 50-hour weekend work blocks allowing Western Mechanical to set a new record by completing their scope of work in just 21 hours. 
Photo: Bride spans. Credit: Western Mechanical