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MAY 2017

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54 MAY 2017 COATINGSPROMAG.COM Before Forakis could wrap his brain around accessing the bridge's undersides — and later the 450-foot-long (137.2 m) arch — he had to come up with a plan of attack. On most bridge projects, a Titan crew starts at one end and simply paints their way across. at wasn't going to be the case for the Belle Vernon/Speers Bridge. "Basically, the options were to start from one side or split up and meet in the middle," Forakis said. "We knew going in we'd need a large number of blasters to set the tempo for square footage. Putting them all together on the same side might seem effective; you've got 16 nozzles in one area and you'd be thinking you're killing it. But if you hit one snag, let's say a dust "The reason the bridge still takes [drivers] from point A to point B is because of crews like ours. It's great to be surrounded by guys who have the drive and dedication to carr y them through," Forakis said. More than 30 percent of the United States' 600,000 bridges have exceeded their 50-year design life and need repairs, rehabilitation, or replacement, according to the Federal Highway Administration's Bridge Preser vation Guide. Bridge Coatings © Copyright 2017 NLB Corp. | PCorpGen_17_001.1 (800) 227-7652 | NLBCORP.COM NLB 350 HP Pump DEPENDABILITY MATTERS . For over thirty years, NLB pumps have set the standard for reliability and durability. If you are looking to increase your productivity and profitability, look to NLB Corporation. RUNS STRONGER. RUNS LONGER. Wr i te in Re ad e r In q u ir y #87

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