We are thrilled to be awarded the 2013 Van Rensselaer Corporate Award from the Rensselaer County Chamber of Commerce. (Watch it here) The Van Rensselaer Award recognizes corporations for their longstanding role in supporting the region’s quality of life, civic, and community organizations. Rifenburg does have a long history of participating in many local activities, in support of non-profits, athletic teams and local organizations, fighting disease, and helping communities recover after storms and floods. "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit." --Aristotle quoted by the Chamber as the theme for this year's awards. Excellence in all things is what we strive for.
We are wrapping up our Thruway project between exits 23 and 24. This three year,seven mile, $100 million project is quite something to behold. The project consisted of adding a third travel lane in each direction and installing noise abatement barriers for almost two miles. We improved drainage, protected wetlands, landscaped (still ongoing) and laid fiber optic cable. We poured a lot of concrete and moved a lot of barriers! We are completing the punch list now, and traffic is flowing in both directions. Our employees excelled in the work performed to give the riding public a much smoother and less congested ride through the Albany area. We are extremely proud of everyone who contributed to this success. It was a monumental effort and we are looking forward to our next big challenge!
The full reconstruction of Erie Boulevard in Schenectady is continuing apace. This $10 million job started last spring. The City has continued to grow and much of history has been covered up, the re-discovery is not always helpful! We also experienced some delay due to utility issues, but now, with an accelerated work schedule, we hope to complete this project by the end of the year. We just started a median project in addition to the work we've already done. The citizens of Schenectady can't wait for us to be out of there- we appreciate their patience throughout the construction delays. They will be very pleased with the new Erie Boulevard we leave behind for them and the traffic issues they've had to deal with will be a distant memory.
RCC crews closed the projects in Massachusetts at the airfields in Pittstown and North Adams to high acclaim, while RCI is just starting a project at the Plattsburg Airport. RCC has been involved in continuing site prep work at the Nano Center in Albany, as well as improvements at the Landfill on Rapp Road. We completed the landfill closure in Greenwich and moved on to Glenville delivering a 37,000 SF elevated building pad for the Old Dominion Freight line terminal, as well as working with Regneron and BBL Constrution Services on Regeneron's campus water main project.
We've had a lot of drainage and waterline work with projects in Gouverneur and Niskayuna as well as Schuylerville. In fact, many of our projects, including those in Moriah and Essex County, are combinations of retaining walls and other flood mitigation and repair work with the asphalt reconstruction of the pavement above. And we are still helping in the clean up from Irene by doing slope rehabilitation in Brunswick, flood mitigation in Essex Co. and working on the shoreline of the Hudson River for CSX.
Speaking of CSX, Rifenburg was called to the scene to remove the train derailment in Fonda this summer. It was quite an engineering scheme to lift the lead engine out of 20 feet of muck. After dealing with that crisis, we moved on to the reconstruction of Route 5 along the length of the derailment. Our asphalt paving is probably where our best quality work is continually known for. We were awarded paving projects in Coeymans, Guilderland, Ballston Lake and various DOT locations throughout Region 1; as well as another roundabout on Route 4.
Let's not forget the bridges! We've been involved with bridges up and down the state. We are doing full replacements in Watertown, Montcomery County, North Greenbush, Bainbridge, Duanesburg, and I-90 in Schodack. We are using sections of precast Hyspan structure, doing full depth reconstruction, replacing culverts, widening ramps, and diverting traffic. All in a days work!
MES has been very busy with more landfill closing and capping. Methane collection, cell construction and environmentally sensitive projects working with existing infrastructure have mostly been on their schedule this season. We are also doing utility relocation work at Griffiss Air Force Base and storm water repair for Clayville, right under Main Street.
RCI North Carolina is finishing up at the Danville Airport after moving a very large hump in the middle of the airport they are now putting down around 26,000 tons of P-401 asphalt. We started a project at the Richmond Airport this April, and have 350 days to complete it. We will be building new Taxiways, overlaying and installing airport lighting. We are also working in Raleigh on the Honeycutt Creek Greenway project. It's a great bike/walk trail that will be really wonderful when we finish.
PES truck drivers put in a lot of miles this summer. We were fortunate to have more work up north where many of our employees live. Makes commuting to jobs much nicer! The drivers were instrumental in keeping our asphalt paving crews supplied with fresh hot asphalt from our plant, as well as delivering materials for our concrete plant on the Thruway job, and gravel from our pits, fill to and from, and debris away from job sites. We have some great drivers and we are thankful and appreciative of their efforts and their willingness to go where the work takes them.
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It continues to be a tough bidding season and we aren't seeing a lot of big projects. We are thankful for the work we do have, and look forward to a successful and rewarding upcoming bidding season.
The New Castle Asphalt plant has been very busy cranking out quality asphalt. Our crew there is working very hard to fulfill everyone's asphalt needs, and is quite successful at it. The Gencor Ultraplant is continuing to meet our expectations in producing asphalt to everyone's specifications. Please call if you want a quote, we'd be happy to supply for your project.
A great time was had at the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation Golf outing at the County Club of Troy on July 22nd. Around $76,000 was raised, including $4,840 which went directly to the Camp Oasis program. Many thanks to everyone who participated.
This year's Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light the Night walk at Siena College was on Saturday, September 28th. It was a beautiful night to walk to the end of Cancer. Rifenburg's combined efforts raised close to $32,000 for this excellent organization.
Don't forget to MARK YOUR CALENDARS -- Next year's safety meeting with all three companies, is set for MONDAY, MARCH 3rd, 2014 at the Troy Hilton Garden. Also, the annual HOLIDAY PARTY will be Saturday, January 11th, 2014 at the lovely Franklin Plaza Inn and Suites in downtown Troy.
Remember - It's not just about you, Accidents change lives forever. Let's be Safe out there!