As the concrete supplier for the Jelly’s Ferry Bridge project, Folsom Ready Mix played a pivotal role in the success of this essential infrastructure initiative led by Tehama County Public Works. Recently earning prestigious awards from the American Public Works Association (APWA), the League of California Cities, and the American Concrete Institute (ACI), the project underscores Folsom Ready Mix’s commitment to delivering high-quality concrete solutions for complex infrastructure developments. This recognition highlights Folsom Ready Mix’s dedication to excellence and success.
The Jelly’s Ferry Bridge project, orchestrated by Tehama County Public Works, boasts a collaborative team that combines the architectural and engineering expertise of T.Y. Lin International Group, the construction ability of MCM Construction as general contractor, and efficient construction management by Quincy Engineering. Folsom Ready Mix stands out as the designated concrete supplier for this initiative, delivering approximately 8,500 cubic yards of high-quality concrete. The project, located at 1805 Jelly’s Ferry Road, Red Bluff, CA 96080, covers 1,260 feet with a six-span structure, featuring two 12-foot driving lanes complemented by shoulders and bicycle paths. Notably, 10,000 lbs. of Davis Colors 51171 Buff pigment were added to the concrete to seamlessly blend into the surrounding landscape. The construction, spanning a duration of 32 months, reflects the commitment of this multifaceted team in successfully executing a project of this scale and complexity.
Challenges and Innovations:
The old Jelly’s Ferry Bridge, closed in 2018 due to safety concerns, posed limitations on heavy vehicle traffic, including semi-trucks. Recognizing the need for a more robust structure, the project incorporated innovative design elements to create a new bridge that allows for heavy vehicle traffic, specifically designed to support the weight of semi-trucks.
The Sacramento River, managed by the Bureau of Land Management, is crucial for salmon migration. The new bridge design included caissons arranged to facilitate salmon and fish migration, aligning with the Bureau’s efforts to create an Essential Fish Habitat.
Large diameter cast-in-drilled-hole (CIDH) piles were used for the caissons, showcasing a commitment to both structural integrity and environmental stewardship.
Awards and Recognition:
The Jelly’s Ferry Bridge project received the following accolades from these prestigious organizations:
- American Public Works Association (APWA): 2023 Project of the Year Award (Sacramento Chapter)
- League of California Cities: Infrastructure Award
- American Concrete Institute (ACI): Construction Award
These awards highlight the project’s excellence in design, construction, and its positive impact on the community.
The project addressed safety concerns and significantly benefited the community by reinstating the connection to Interstate 5. Throughout the construction process, the project team demonstrated its commitment to minimizing disruption by maintaining recreational access for Bureau of Land Management boat ramps and parking lots, thereby upholding environmental responsibilities.
In terms of aesthetics, the bridge featured a stainless-steel fish inlay on the bridge soffit between Pier 2 and 3, as well as around Pier Column 5. This artistic addition contributed to the visual appeal of the structure, highlighting the team’s attention to detail and their effort to create a bridge that not only served its functional purpose but also enhanced the overall visual landscape.
Folsom Ready Mix’s contribution as concrete supplier for this award-winning project underscores its commitment to delivering high-quality materials for complex infrastructure developments. The success of the Jelly’s Ferry Bridge project serves as a testament to collaborative efforts, innovation, and a dedication to community and environmental well-being.