The Unofficial
I-26 Construction
Madison County
North Carolina

A CAT 5230 loader fills a CAT 785 rear dump truck. The loader's shovel holds 26 cubic yards and the truck takes four or five shovel loads to be completely full. Over 300 pieces of equipment are in operation on this one portion of the I-26 construction project. The contractor expects about 80% of the excavation material will be moved by this shovel. This one piece of machinery weighs 800,000 pounds and took eleven tractor trailers to carry it to the site. Once there, assmbling it took 500 CAT technician man-hours.

 John Lansford
10 Apr 99