Xtreme XR4030 Heads for Long Beach Bridge Replacement Project

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Las Vegas-based Xtreme Manufacturing’s largest capacity telehandler will be on-display tomorrow, June 6 from 10 am to 2 pm at the Ahern Rentals location in La Mirada, Calif. The heavy-duty, 40,000-pound capacity XR4030 will make a pit stop at the facility before being shipped for delivery to a major infrastructure project at the Port of Long Beach.

According to Dave Siefert, sales rep for Ahern rentals, this XR4030 unit is the first to be delivered to the West Coast and the second machine built by Xtreme. The first machine went to an open-pit copper mine in Santa Rita, N.M., in January.

“This machine is going to the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project, a five-year, multi-billion dollar project in the Port of Long Beach,” he said. Contact Ahern for more information on viewing the machine on site during the bridge construction.

The joint venture team that purchased the machine, which includes Shimmick Construction Co. Inc., FCC Construction S.A., and Impregilo S.p.A. (SFI JV), was approved for a $650 million contract last summer to design and construct a replacement for the Port of Long Beach’s Gerald Desmond Bridge. New bridge construction starts this year and is expected to be completed in 2016.

The Gerald Desmond span, which opened in 1968, is a major commuting route for the region and a major trade corridor, carrying 15 percent of all containerized cargo imported to the United States. The bridge connects Terminal Island, the heart of the port complex, with the Long Beach (710) Freeway, as well as downtown Long Beach.

The new bridge, rising more than 200 feet over the water, will include a separate bicycle and pedestrian path.

“The new Gerald Desmond Bridge will be an essential part of the region’s infrastructure that will play a vital role in California’s transportation and economic future,” said Mike Miles, Caltrans District 7 director. “A design-build approach will expedite this project and help us improve mobility for goods, people and services.”

While the contract for the joint venture is about $650 million, the total cost of the overall bridge replacement project is estimated at about $1 billion, including site preparation, demolition and other considerations. Over the four years of construction and demolition, the work is expected to employ nearly 3,000 people a year on average.