Thanks to the right crane and right people, it took just 15 minutes to bring down a bridge over the Autoroute du Nord in France, as part of highway improvement works.
Cantiniau Levage, based in Feignies, near the border with Belgium, operates a fleet of 13 mobile cranes for its lifting operations, and six of them are Tadano brand. To lift down the 34-tonne overbridge on behalf of demolition contractor Renard, Cantiniau put its mighty ATF 400G-6 to work.
To minimise traffic disruption, it was a carefully planned night-time operation. The bridge was 35 metres long, five metres wide and five metres high and to be lifted down in one piece. The crane’s
speed of set-up was a key advantage here, as was the Lift Adjuster technology that eliminates load sway. As the working radius was kept constant during the operation, the bridge was lifted from its seating without swinging forward. The maximum lifting height was 20 metres, the boom was telescoped to 35.5 metres.
Crane Operator Karim Idjouadjene was able to focus his full attention on the load, its environment, and the signals from colleagues without having to constantly watch the control
panel to monitor the read-outs.
“We are very happy with Tadano,” Cantiniau Levage reports. “We have a good relationship with the service team and we appreciate their quick responses and straightforward service.”