The bridge is close to completion! Today, the team started by finishing the deck plank installation.
The last boards to be placed are the ones at the midspan, which need to be cut to size. The length depends on how the bridge sits once the remainder of the deck is installed.
Edwin, the son of our fabulous cook, Lucy, was a helper for the day. He wants to be an engineer when he grows up, so this was a great experience for him.
Since the deck was very tilted, the team came up with a solution to fix it. They adjusted the suspenders on the side that was high, lengthening them to try and remove the tilt.
The bridge was still tilted, so it needed to be adjusted again. Here’s a picture of Bruce, Adam, and Alex readjusting the bottom suspender connections.
After the deck and suspenders were adjusted, it was time to start working on the fence.
The first step was to unwind the giant roll of fence. It took most of the team to hold up the length of fence!
Second, the fence was laid out flat on the bridge, so that the base could be attached with U-nails and hammers. Team members, attached to the safety line, took care of the hammering in the middle of the bridge.
Meanwhile, the cavities in the abutments were opened up with a hammer.
Concrete used to fill in the handrail end post pipe.
Once the fence was nailed at the base, tie wire was used to hold up the fence before the restraint cable was weaved in.
Two thirds of the fencing was installed today, tomorrow the remainder will be done as well as clamping the restrainer cables to the suspenders.
Here’s a current view of the bridge.