Engineers improve road safety for Strykers

| June 30, 2011 | 0 Comments
Soldiers of the 523rd Eng. Co., 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, place cable concrete pads over a road during a construction project to improve the Keamuku Trails at PTA, on the Big Island of Hawaii, recently.

Soldiers of the 523rd Eng. Co., 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, place cable concrete pads over a road during a construction project to improve the Keamuku Trails at PTA, on the Big Island of Hawaii, recently.

Story and Photo by
2nd Lt. Bryant Watrous
523rd Engineer Company, 84th Eng. Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

POHAKULOA TRAINING AREA — For almost four weeks, horizontal construction company engineers sharpened their construction skills and repaired roads used for Stryker vehicle training, here, on the Big Island of Hawaii.

The construction mission, conducted by Soldiers of the 523rd Engineer Company, 84th Eng. Battalion, 130th Eng. Bde., 8th Theater Sustainment Command, afforded younger operators time to improve their abilities using various pieces of heavy engineer equipment and allowed junior noncommissioned officers to gain experience managing different parts of the project.

“This was a great opportunity to gain experience operating equipment,” said Pfc. Ryan Pape, heavy equipment operator, 523rd Eng. Co. “It was also good to improve the training area for future use.”

The project provided valuable training for Soldiers from the Maintenance Platoon, too, who practiced working in the field environment. They helped keep the project running after several critical pieces of equipment broke down.

In addition to making repairs, Soldiers also widened the road so that two Stryker vehicles can pass side by side. Increasing safety, engineers also made gently-sloping ditches along the sides of the thoroughfare, so that water can better drain off the road in preparation for heavy use by Strkyers.

During the project, heavy rainstorms washed out a six-foot crater on one of the roads. Fortunately, engineers were able to repair the road in three days, replacing a culvert that had caused the crater.

Also, they reinforced two areas where water crosses the road, using cable concrete pads, and Soldiers cleared three culverts farther down the roadway that had become clogged with vegetation and soil.

“It was great to have the 523rd to help improve the training area,” said Dave Faucet, restoration ecologist and Integrated Training Area Management supervisor for PTA.

PTA is designed to support the Army’s Strykers and the Marine Corps’ Amphibious Assault Vehicles maneuver training.

 

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