A Quick Look at the Mid-Hudson Bridge

Scaffold Resource has been involved in construction and repairs of some of the most historic buildings and bridges across the country, such as renovations of the Mid-Hudson Bridge in Poughkeepsie, NY, an important artery that connects Ulster and Dutchess counties. The bridge was opened to the public in 1930 and became part of the New York State Bridge Authority in 1933. Here is a closer look at the history of the bridge and our involvement in its upkeep.

Mid-Hudson Bridge History

In 1923, the approval to build the bridge was passed by the New York State Legislature with the idea of creating another roadway to cross the Hudson south of Albany besides the Bear Mountain Bridge. Design company Modjeski and Moran were tasked with creating the bridge design, while the New York State Department of Public Works was put in charge of the construction. The designers created plans for a gothic-style suspension bridge, which quickly gained a reputation as one of the most celebrated suspension bridges in the Northeast. On August 25, 1930, cars drove across the bridge for the first time. In 1994, the bridge was rechristened the Franklin D. Roosevelt Mid-Hudson Bridge.

Bridge Upgrades

Multiple upgrades have been made to the bridge over the years. An EZ Pass system was added in 1999, which significantly cut down on bridge traffic. A pedestrian walkway was added in 2000, and necklace lighting was installed on the bridge in 2001. Repainting, maintenance scraping, metalwork repairs, and lead paint abatement have also been performed periodically.

Scaffold Resource Assistance

Scaffold Resource has made upkeep on the bridge possible. We furnished and installed a scaffolding and containment structure for the top of the 260 feet tall suspension tower over active traffic. The scaffolding was designed to stand up to wind gusts of up to 100 miles an hour to ensure the safety of the workers and traffic below.

At Scaffold Resource, we can create and manage scaffolding and shoring for everything from simple jobs to complex work on historical structures. Get more information about our project management and scaffold rentals in Washington, D.C., by calling (301) 924-7223.

Construction Hoist Safety Guidelines

Hoist safety is an essential part of minimizing the risk of injury when using scaffolding. If scaffolding and a hoist are part of your construction site, some basic safety guidelines will keep everyone safe. When you’re using hoists for your construction project, keep these rules in mind.

Perform a Pre-Start Inspection

Before each use, the hoist should be examined exactly as recommended in the operation manual for the specific hoist that you are using. All job site hazards should be identified, inspected, and secured before work begins using the hoist. Never allow any passengers into the hoist until the pre-start inspections are complete. In addition, hoists should be inspected at least every 90 days by a representative who is trained in evaluating the specific hoist you are using. If this inspection is overdue, the hoist should not be used.

Follow Weight Load Guidelines

Every hoist has specific weight load guidelines that are listed in the operation manual. Check the guidelines before operation and never exceed the recommended load. Every person responsible for operating the hoist on the job site should have access to the manual to verify this information. All passengers, operators, and materials should be loaded onto the hoist before it is in motion.

Monitor Field and Operator Conditions

Check the weather forecast at the start of each period of operation. Do not operate, put together, or dismantle the hoist when there is a lightning storm occurring or when winds exceed 30 miles per hour. Discontinue operation in advance of approaching storms. Someone who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, including over-the-counter medicines that can cause drowsiness, should never operate the hoist.

Scaffold Resource offers project management and safety consulting services to ensure that your job site meets OSHA standards and keeps your workers safe. Contact us at (301) 924-7223 for more information about scaffold rentals and sales near Washington, D.C.

Take Advantage of Our Engineering Services

At Scaffold Resource, our philosophy is that we should always go above and beyond what is expected of us. If you look at our engineering services, you’ll quickly realize that we could not be more dedicated to our work. If you’re thinking about taking advantage of our engineering services, read on to see what you’re in for.

There’s no single solution that can be applied to every construction and engineering project. You have to think about the specific requirements of the task at hand and decide how you’ll overcome them in order to get the job done efficiently. The team of expert engineers at Scaffold Resource has the experience and creativity to take on any project, regardless of how complex it may be. We start with project consulting and field analysis, and then we work on scaffold design and engineering. Before you know it, the platform will be erected, and we will follow up thereafter.

Scaffold Resource’s scaffolding engineering services in Washington, D.C., will help to ensure that your project is done safely and in a timely fashion. We offer different types of work platforms and services, and you can learn about them on our website or by calling us at (301) 924-7223.

A Look at the Katherine Dulin Folger Rose Garden at the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building

There’s plenty to see and do when you visit the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building, and the Katherine Dulin Folger Rose Garden is a main attraction. Professionals used scaffolding to bring this building and its garden to life, and now we get to enjoy both. Watch this video for a closer look.

There are somewhere between one and two hundred species of rose, but there are thousands of hybrids. The Alnwick Rose is named after the Alnwick Castle, where James Smithson’s father lived as a duke. Roses are primarily grown for their beauty and their pleasant aromas, but rose oils and water have their purposes as well.

Scaffolding rental in Washington, D.C., makes beautiful projects possible, and the Smithsonian is an example of one that the Scaffold Resource team has worked on. Call us at (301) 924-7223 if your business needs work platforms like scaffolding.

Highlighting the Benefits of Our Project Management Services

We want to help you in any way we can at Scaffold Resource, whether that means offering scaffolding rentals or designing shoring systems. Our project management services help complete your task within your timeframe thanks to our professional expertise, knowledge of safety practices, and the quality of our products. Continue reading to learn about the benefits of our project management services.

Professional Consultation

A project manager helps oversee the job to make sure it’s done properly and according to the industry rules and regulations. If you’re expanding an existing building or constructing a new one entirely, you need professional insight in order to prepare for the job. You can ask the Scaffold Resource team anything you want to know, and we’ll ask you what we need to know so we can help to the best of our ability.

Safe Practices

When you need work platforms like scaffolding or shoring equipment for a job, you want to make sure the equipment is in perfect shape. Scaffolding needs to be inspected before every use to make sure it’s safe, and a competent professional needs to be the one to do the inspection. Our team at Scaffold Resource has years of experience under its belt, and we use what we’ve learned in the industry to create nothing but the safest work platforms we can possibly offer. We can walk you through the entire project while maintaining OSHA standards, keeping people safe throughout.

Scaffold and Shoring Rentals

Since Scaffold Resource specializes in scaffolding and shoring materials, we have a leg up when it comes to choosing the right equipment for the job. If you’re not entirely sure what you’re looking for, seek our project management services for help. We’ll speed up the process and help you decide on the right scaffold and shoring options, and we can rent out our equipment so you don’t have to buy your own.

Do you have any questions about what you can expect from Scaffold Resource’s project management services? Call (301) 924-7223 so we can answer them for you. Our website looks at our sidewalk canopies, shoring systems, and scaffolding rentals serving Washington, D.C.

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