Heavy-Duty Composite Mats Transform Soft, Sandy Beaches into Stable Surfaces for Renourishment Project
Valtir News | August 2021
As Hurricane Irma swept across South Florida in 2017, the resulting storm surge wrecked a 1.2-mile stretch of shoreline in Key Biscayne, a barrier island located near Miami.
Between March and April 2021, crews led by Ferreira Construction trucked in approximately 31,000 cu yds. of new sand to rebuild the damaged beach and dunes and maximize shoreline protection for the future.
Valtir Rentals provided 100 MegaDeck HD access mats on the beach renourishment project to reduce construction impacts and provide safe, stable surfaces to support vehicles and heavy equipment.
The economical, ultra-durable system is made of high-density polyethylene with specialized fillers for strength, plus ultraviolet and anti-static additives to withstand the rigors of construction hauling, adverse weather conditions, and difficult terrain. The MegaDeck HD panels connect easily and in various configurations using a single T-bar tool and are laid seamlessly due to 12-in. flanges that guide the mats into place.
“I was impressed,” recalls Steve Hayes, Regional Manager of Sales at Valtir Rentals, who visited the site and witnessed the construction activities. “This operation had many large dump trucks and pieces of heavy equipment hauling, moving, and spreading approximately 100 truckloads of sand each day along the beach, which remained open to the public.”
Source: ENR Magazine