Mackinac Bridge painting project earns engineering award

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LANSING, MI (WILX) -- Industrial painting is no easy task--in fact, imagine having to do it on the Mackinac Bridge.

The work is made a little easier thanks to a movable scaffold.

The scaffold,designed by Ruby+Associates of Bingham Farms, Mich., fabricated by Moran Iron Works of Onaway, Mich., and used by Seaway Painting of Livonia, Michigan, won a structural engineering award in competition with many other projects, according to a press release.

"As this is the first time in the bridge's history when the towers have been stripped to bare metal and repainted, it makes sense that Ruby+Associates, Moran Iron Works, and Seaway Painting would need new, innovative equipment to get the job done," said Mackinac Bridge Authority Executive Secretary Kim Nowack. "We congratulate them on the award and thank them for their work preserving this infrastructure icon."

Earlier this summer, at the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois 2019 Excellence in Structural Engineering Annual Awards, Ruby+Associates took home the Best Neighboring State Project Award for the bridge painting platforms, according to the press release.

The platforms were custom designed and built for Seaway Painting crews to enclose and move up and down the bridge's towers above the roadway deck first during the 2017-2018 project to strip and repaint the bridges north tower, and then again during the current 2019-2020 project to do the same on the south tower, according to the press release.

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