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Dresden Nuclear Generating Station

Morris, Illinois



Dresen Power Station (Exelon)


Sargent & Lundy


Brieser Construction


May 2003

Sargent & Lundy and Contech Bridge Solutions provided a series of Continental® pipe support bridges for the Dresden nuclear facility. The 5,000 linear feet of supply piping for the cooling towers is 72” in diameter, while the 3,000 feet of return piping is 60” in diameter.

As the water circulates through the cooling towers and throughout the system, temperature extremes cause the pipes to expand and contract. Engineers designed an effective roller support system to accommodate the pipe’s expansion and contraction. The project also incorporated adjoining pedestrian bridges for worker access and utility cable trays.

The 90’ long clear span prefabricated pipe support structures were designed and built in Alexandria, Minnesota. They were delivered to the site in one piece, ready for installation.

Technical Description:

  • Width: 8-ft.
  • Span: 90-ft.
  • Style: Connector®
  • Finish: Weathering Steel
  • Decking: None

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