Following severe winter flooding, crews from the Ohio Department of Transportation faced a wide range of repair challenges. Among them was rebuilding collapsed portions of important drainage systems, including a 60-foot section of culvert along State Route 212 near Bolivar, Ohio. In an effort to minimize disruption of traffic flow in the area, crews needed equipment that could get onto the site quickly and handle a variety of jobs.
The ODOT crew based in Canton, Ohio, used a Gradall Model XL 3100 excavator, equipped with both an excavating bucket and grading bucket, for its culvert replacement project. Using the excavating bucket, the Model XL 3100 removed saw cut portions of asphalt pavement, dirt and damaged sections of the 42-inch corrugated pipe, which had been pulled apart by flood waters. After lowering new pipe sections in place, the excavator operator switched to a grading bucket to backfill dirt and create a favorable final grade. High pressure, load sensing hydraulics provided a smooth transition from high productivity excavating and pavement removal to grading. Using Gradall's full-boom tilting action, the excavator operator was able to productively excavate the various curves and slopes to get the job completed efficiently. The Model XL 3100 actually is shared by two ODOT divisions - in Stark County and in Mahoning County. "They use them every other month to handle a lot of culvert and ditching work," said Jim Murray of ODOT.
For more information about Gradall excavators call (800) 445-4752.