Big Bridge Pour In San Clemente

Staff | September 28, 2010

A major construction milestone for SunCal Companies' Marblehead Coastal master-planned community in San Clemente, California, was reached recently, with the 'round-the-clock pouring of 2,400 cubic yards of concrete for a 400-foot-long bridge that spans a canyon within the development.

The massive undertaking was the single-largest concrete pour for any portion of the 248-acre community on bluff-tops overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Two shifts of 60 construction workers each coordinated their non-stop flurry of activity for nearly 20 hours, steadily filling the Avenida Vista Hermosa bridge's stems and soffits with concrete.

The pour started under floodlights at 4:30 a.m. and continued non-stop until midnight. It involved 2,400 cubic yards of concrete that were transported via 300 truckloads, with up to 20 trucks per hour on site.

"Conducting 20 straight hours of pouring concrete into the maze of forms at the bridge required a tremendous amount of planning, preparation and coordination," said David Placek, vice president of project management, SunCal Companies. "This represents a significant accomplishment for Marblehead Coastal and demonstrates our commitment to moving forward and completing this development."

When the bridge is finished, it will link a major thoroughfare that will serve both the residential neighborhoods and the commercial center within the community.

Marblehead Coastal, in the historic beach town of San Clemente, is the last oceanfront community along this stretch of classic Southern California coastline. Marblehead Coastal is created as a community consistent with the history and architecture of the area, and one whose natural beauty is enhanced for future generations. Marblehead Coastal is planned to include 69 custom home sites, as well as 244 merchant-built residences and villas.