Monday, April 23, 2012

Maryland Sitework Division


The Automotive Vehicle Testing & Evaluation Facility (ATEF) Phase II project is located at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Aberdeen, Maryland. The majority of the proposed work for this project consists of constructing a 4.5 mile asphalt track for our military to test and evaluate military vehicles prior to their use in combat. In order to construct the proposed test track, Kinsley’s top notch dirt crews will have moved over 375,000 cubic yards of dirt. A large portion of this dirt was moved economically with agricultural type tractors pulling double 18 cubic yard and 21 cubic yard pans behind them. After the controlled fills have been made and the 27 foot wide track has been constructed, it will be composed of over 170,000 tons of stone material along with over 35,000 tons of asphalt.

Along the proposed track are 19 culvert crossings to be extended, which total over 2,000 feet of concrete reinforced pipe. This project is located in a high security area which makes coordinating access for employees, sub-contractors, and deliveries a challenge. All excavated areas need to be swept for unexploded ordinance prior to beginning work and during work depending on the depth of excavation. An active Army airstrip is located in the middle of this project which requires Kinsley’s field management to be in constant radio contact with the control tower during earthmoving, stoning and paving operations. Kinsley crews must meet very stringent grading and paving tolerances in the construction of this test track. Thanks to the great teamwork and efforts or everyone involved in this project, we plan to be successfully completed in August of 2012.


Kinsley Site has teamed up with Classic Site Solutions to repair a portion of the 180-year-old C&O Canal in Potomac, Maryland. “Anglers Breach” at mile 12 of the 185 mile long historic canal is a 150 foot wide washout caused by Hurricane Hanna to the tow path and a 20 foot tall stone retaining wall separating the canal from the Potomac River. Blasted rock from the canal excavation was used to build the wall originally in the late 1920s. Any rock that is recovered will be used to face a new concrete wall to return it to its original historic appearance. Approximately 1,000 feet of tow path and canal will also be restored using a new liner and drainage system to prevent future sink holes and breaches. One of the challenges we face under the watchful eye of the Army Corps is engineering and building a temporary bridge to cross a failing bridge that goes over a 150-year-old masonry aqueduct that supplies water to Washington, DC. After the canal breach repair is complete, Kinsley Industrial will replace the existing aqueduct bridge with caissons and a reinforced concrete deck. The project is scheduled to be complete in November 2012.

Mike Royer
MD Sitework Division Manager