ECI on new and bespoke contracts via USL TEKSERV.
With more complex and substantial machining demands for projects, Ekspan now operate a state-of-the-art Hurco DCX3226i CNC machine, an essential addition to their in-house manufacturing facilities.
USL Ekspan is the UK's largest quality bearing supplier and installer to meet demands both in the UK and worldwide.
USL Ekspan install an extensive range of mechanical and elastomeric expansion joints and seal joints to CD358 standards.
Bridge jacking and temporary works are an essential part of most bearing replacement and refurbishment operations, ensuring works are carried out safely and efficiently without affecting the integrity of the structure.
The importance of carrying out bearing and expansion joint inspections by proficient and competent engineers who understand their functionality can often be key to maximising a structure’s lifespan and avoiding major, unexpected, emergency repair costs.
USL Ekspan have carried out a number of projects for swing bridges and foot bridges. From design, fabrication of all structural components, to trial erection and final installation. Details of these type of bridge installations can be supplied on request.
Three new bridge beams had to be added to the old bridge's north side to extend the deck by 8 metres and add more traffic lanes.
The existing and new bridge abutment and deck sections weren't parallel during the operation to extend the bridge deck, resulting in an extra-large structural air gap across a length of 4 metres.
USL Ekspan advised the customer and designer on a viable solution and expansion joint system to solve the issue since they can provide a fully customised design and engineering service.
The Transflex 400 system's flexibility made it the appropriate expansion joint solution, and it was used to install two number 40 metre joints using custom fabrications to align the old and new bridge sections.
Custom-made cantilever plates were fitted over a weekend closure and were made to fit the new structural air gap line. Following that, the custom Transflex system installation by USL Ekspan took place over two further weekend closures over a 30-hour work window. Eight crews worked day and night to complete the project and have the bridge reopened to traffic ahead of schedule.
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