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In 2013 J. Fletcher Creamer & Son, Inc. (Creamer) contracted with PSE&G to construct 14 tower foundations in the Delaware Water Gap National Park located in the Kittatinny Mountains of northwest New Jersey. This tower foundation project is partof the $1.2 billion Roseland to Susquehanna Power Transmission Line Upgrade. This was a design/build contract that had to be completed in just four months from September 3, 2013 to December 31, 2013 with harsh liquidated damages for each day the schedule overran.
The first hurdle was to clear the land and build haul roads that would allow the crews to access the 14 remote tower locations. The access roads went up and down mountainous terrain with steep 21 degree slopes that traversed over 1,100 vertical feet. The overall length of the project was 2.8 miles from the Delaware River to the Kittatinny Ridge through numerous wetland areas.
Once the critical access roads were complete Creamer used 3 micro pile drill rigs operating simultaneously to drill & install over 10,000 LF of 9”, 12” and 13” diameter micro piles in 14 different foundations sites. These piles varied in depth from 25 Ft deep in solid rock on the Kittatinny Ridge to 125 ft. deep at the Delaware River. Once the piles were installed and the 75 CY foundations were complete a 10 CY pedestal was poured upon which the 190 FT towers would be erected.