The Unofficial
I-26 Construction
Madison County
North Carolina


One of the first steel beams for the Laurel Creek Bridge being carefully lowered into place. This beam is a structural plate beam, meaning it's made up of flat steel slabs welded and bolted together. The beam in the photo is about 100' long and one of the smaller ones, and stands 96" high. All the beams weigh about 1 ton for every 3 feet of length, making this one weigh about 33 tons. There will be longer beams of over 250' on this bridge that will require multiple cranes to hold it in the air while workers bolt the pieces together. Photo taken in October 2000 by Scott Hidden, of the Soils Unit.



John Lansford
5 November 2000