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Excerpts from an article in The Daily American:

Madison Bungard, a college junior majoring in civil engineering who is a second rotation intern on Fay’s US 219 New Highway Construction project, said the Buffalo Creek beam installation was the most interesting thing she’s witnessed this summer.

“Definitely, the beam erection was the coolest thing,” Bungard said. “It beats whatever my friends are doing.”

Buffalo Creek Bridge is the highest and longest bridge on the project. It will be 1,100 feet long and 220 feet high with five spans. It is located between Crossroad School Road and Fogletown Road near Garrett.

Bungard wanted to work on the Route 219 project because she is from Meyersdale. The four-lane, 11-mile highway is being built between Meyersdale and Somerset. “I wrote a comment on the Fay website that I was from the area and was majoring in civil engineering, and they contacted me,” she said.

Last summer, she worked on thermal integrity profiling of caissons. A caisson is a retaining structure used in bridges. The metal caissons used in the Buffalo Creek Bridge weigh about 9,000 pounds each and are then filled with concrete. “Because caissons are large and concrete is hot, we have to monitor the temperature to ensure the quality of the project,” she said.

Professionals in the field said it is important for students to learn on the job. Michelle Olszewski, project manager for Fay, said the company hires at least five interns each summer. “It is important to have interns to prepare the next generation of people to come into the field,” she said. “We are happy to have them. It adds value to the company.”

To read the full article visit The Daily American.