In April of 2017, RAM Construction Services began a concrete sealer project in the heart of downtown Cincinnati. The scope included Gravity Fed Resin (GFR) to be applied to the deck surfaces of two major entrance ramps along I-71. The purpose of GFR is to seal cracks in the concrete by flooding the surface with epoxy and allowing the material to fill any voids. RAM Construction Services coordinated with a contractor on a nearby project and was able to utilize an existing long-term detour to install GFR on the smaller of the two structures. Since this structure was closed, however, ODOT expressed that they would like to keep the other ramp open to traffic during installation of the sealer. Utilizing half-width closures, RAM Construction Services installed the remaining GFR safely and effectively.
This project also included Non-Epoxy Sealer to be applied to the columns, beams, parapets and concrete box’s of both structures. Non-Epoxy is a water-based sealer that is designed to protect structures from deterioration due to weather. A major concern for this scope of work was the parking lot located directly beneath the structures. Non-Epoxy Sealer is applied by spraying material onto the surface, so special precautions had to be taken to ensure no drips, off-spray, etc. contacted any vehicles below. RAM Construction Services communicated with the parking lot managers to coordinate areas where vehicles could not park on certain days until the sealer was applied.
RAM Construction Services maneuvered through every obstacle on the Cincinnati sealer project by planning effectively and communicating every step of the way. The project schedule constantly changed due to variables such as low temperatures, unfavorable weather, and major events in nearby stadiums such as baseball games and monster truck rallies. Despite these hurdles, RAM was able to complete this project months before the set completion date and provided a quality finished product for the Ohio Department of Transportation.