Mobile crane lifts 200,000 lbs. freeway girder

MONTREAL, Quebec: March 2019. A 1,200-tonne capacity Liebherr LTM 11200-9.1 mobile crane, the world’s largest in serial production, was used with a Modulift spreader beam to solve the problem of replacing two 200,000 lbs. girders at the Turcot Interchange, a three level freeway in Quebec.

The crane was supplied by Guay Cranes supplied the crane and the 170-tonne capacity spreader beam by Modulift’s Canadian distributor Equipment Corps.

The Turcot Interchange is a hub for road traffic in the Montréal area, interconnecting three highways and facilitating access to the Champlain Bridge. It is also an essential road link between the Montréal-Pierre-Elliott Trudeau airport and downtown Montréal.

Luke Habza, National Sales and Business Development manager at Equipment Corps explained: “We frequently supply lifting and rigging gear to the project but this was a standout lifting operation. Combined with the MOD 110H beam, use of the Liebherr amounted to thousands of dollars-worth of savings to the customer, who didn’t need to mobilise another crawler crane, as would be typical for this kind of application.”

Wolfgang Beringer, sales promotion at Liebherr-Werk Ehingen, the crane’s manufacturer, said the main advantage of a telescopic boom crane versus a lattice boom crane is set-up time, as the lattice sections have to be bolted on the ground and require more space.

“The LTM 11200-9.1, the largest, strongest, telescopic mobile crane worldwide, was launched at Bauma Munich in 2007. In 2014, we celebrated delivery of the 50th unit, at which point the cranes were already in use all over the world. The LTM 11200-9.1 was delivered to Guay Cranes in 2011,” he added.