Barnhart Crane and Rigging Utilizes “Bridge Jumper” in Arkansas Transport

Jul 15, 2002

(MEMPHIS, Tenn.)—Barnhart Crane and Rigging, a leading provider of heavy rigging and transportation solutions, nears completion of the transportation and erection of major power plant equipment for one of the nation’s largest gas fired power plants in Arkansas.

The project involved transporting over 120 turbines, generators, boiler modules and other machinery in excess of 200 tons approximately six miles from the railroad siding to the construction site. The route traversed two bridges unable to support the full weight of the equipment. Barnhart Crane and Rigging provided a novel solution for the transport.

“Barnhart was able to utilize a bridge-jumping device in this transport, making the project more economical and time efficient,” said the project manager.

The bridge jumper is towed into position and hydraulically lowered onto the bridge, allowing cargo weighing over 270 tons to be transported across spans that would not normally be able to accommodate such heavy tonnage. The bridge jumper erects itself and distributes the weight load across the bridge, allowing the heavy equipment to move across in safety.

Barnhart Crane & Rigging, established in 1969, is a leading national supplier of specialized heavy rigging and transportation solutions. The company, with 11 locations across the United States, also provides crane services, machinery moving and plant relocations, as well as project cargo logistics and heavy equipment storage at its 100-acre, 700,000-square-foot warehouse facility in Memphis, Tenn. Barnhart Crane & Rigging, an ISO 9002 certified supplier, also operates terminal facilities at the Port of Memphis and the deepwater Port of Mobile, Ala. For more information, visit

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