Gauge Provides Telematics for Sam Houston Tollway's Ship Channel Bridge Replacement Project

Sam Houston Tollway's Ship Channel Bridge
Sam Houston Tollway's Ship Channel Bridge

We are pleased to announce that we are working with our client, Traylor Bros., Inc., on a massive, seven-year bridge project. Ship Channel Constructors, a joint venture between Traylor and Zachry Construction Corp., has begun construction of Sam Houston Tollway's Ship Channel Bridge replacement in Houston, Texas.

The joint venture will build two new landmark cable-stayed bridges across the channel. Gauge will be providing telematics that focus on production, maintenance, utilization and scheduling throughout the duration of the project.

"We are excited to work with Traylor Bros., Inc., on such a huge project," said Gauge President and CEO Mike Paredes. "This is a great example of leveraging our resources to assist our clients. Using Gauge's telematics and services will provide significant cost savings for Traylor throughout the project."

Gauge has a proven track record with Traylor Bros., Inc. For the last two years, they have used our telematics devices on their equipment across the country. We also have previous experience working with them on the Tappan Zee bridge project in New York. However, the Houston ship channel bridge project is the largest project we have partnered with them on to-date.

The Harris County Toll Road Authority's (HCRTA) $962 million project calls for replacing the bridge across the ship channel on the Sam Houston Tollway from State Highway 225 to Interstate 10. HCRTA's largest infrastructure project to-date was developed to accommodate increasing traffic. Currently with 55,000 vehicles a day, the bridge is expected to handle about 160,000 vehicles a day by 2035. The bridge will have four lanes in each direction.

The southbound span is expected to be built by 2021; traffic will then be switched to that while the current bridge is torn down and the new bridge is constructed. The project is expected to be totally completed by 2024.

Located in Evansville, IN, Traylor Bros., Inc. has self-performed highly technical, cutting-edge construction of complex bridges for more than 60 years. Traylor has completed more than 135 major bridge projects across the country. Its ability to manufacture prestressed concrete structural elements in its precast yards provides a distinct competitive and technical advantage. Led by a third generation of Traylors, the company has developed into a highly adaptable construction organization with a proven capability to tackle the most difficult bridge, underground, and marine projects.