Commonwealth of Virginia's Tallest Bridges Built with Materials 'Made in the USA'

Aug 23, 2012, 09:00 ET from Roanoke Cement Company

TROUTVILLE, Va., Aug. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Commonwealth of Virginia's tallest bridges -- the Route 460 Connector Phase I located in Buchanan County -- are being constructed this summer using materials mined, manufactured and shipped in the United States by domestic manufacturers, producers and construction contractors.

The twin high-level bridges, 1,700 linear feet in length with an additional eight-tenths of a mile stretch of highway, are located over Conaway Road (Route 610) and Grassy Creek, at the strategic crossroads of several states including Southwestern Virginia and Kentucky. When completed, the over 250-foot-high bridges will be the tallest in Virginia.

"Bridges of this magnitude require tapping into local resources and manpower," says Kevin Wiley, C.J. Mahan Construction Company's project manager. "We are pleased to be a part of such a noteworthy project." C.J. Mahan is the bridge contractor producing its own concrete through an onsite batch plant.

The bridges are constructed using the below listed materials with the coinciding supplier(s):



3,000 truckloads of concrete

C.J. Mahan Construction Co./Grove City, OH

370 truckloads of cement

Roanoke Cement Company/Troutville, VA

1,150 truckloads of coarse aggregate (rock)

Mountain Aggregates/Elkhorn City, KY
Maymead/Mountain City, TN

700 truckloads of fine aggregate (sand)

Wythe Sand/Wytheville, VA 

58 loads of reinforcing steel

Gerdau Ameristeel/Knoxville, TN
MMFX Steel/McMinnville, Oregon

"We are honored to participate in this signature project for Virginia," says Don Ingerson, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Roanoke Cement Company. "It is fitting that Virginia's only cement plant supplies the product for the job."

All of the materials for the Route 460 Connector Phase I were made in the United States. Only a portion of the reinforcing steel was manufactured outside of the several neighboring states, coming from Oregon. The project directly employs 60 individuals but indirectly employs hundreds of workers from designers and engineers, to surveyors and inspectors, to laborers and truck drivers.

The piers set to hold the bridges will be completed this summer. The $113 million project is owned by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and managed by Mandy Cox, the VDOT project manager. Bizzack Construction, LLC of Lexington, KY is the design-build contractor.

Roanoke Cement Company is a subsidiary of Titan America LLC, the premier heavy building materials producer in the eastern United States. Titan America is headquartered in Norfolk, VA and their products include cement, aggregates, ready-mixed concrete and fly ash beneficiation. Its parent company, Titan Cement Company, S.A., headquartered in Athens, Greece, is a signatory to the UN Global Compact, a group of companies committed to sustainable and socially responsible business practices.

CONTACT: Mary Beth Kramer
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SOURCE Roanoke Cement Company