Today, the team threw themselves into completing the bridge. They began by finishing the fence.
Once complete, the restraint cable was weaved into the top of the fence to act as a hand rail. The restraint cable starts at the anchorage, goes up to the tower, then curves down to the midspan (just like the mainline cable). From there, it flattens out and is weaved into the fence (so at midspan, it deviates from the mainline). Once it gets to the end, it’s attached to the post.
The bridge superstructure is completed! The masons still have some foundation work to do.
Work isn’t completely done. The team still needs to clean up. This involves picking up litter from around the site and doing an inventory of the supplies and equipment.
The team saw some activity on the bridge while they were packing up – the bridge’s first customers.
After the inventory was completed, the team had their final meal at Lucy’s.
The bridge inauguration date is Wednesday, June 7. The team will be on site at that time, but until then, they decided to head to hotels to recuperate.
This week has been rough on them. The sweltering heat brought on a few cases of heat rash and heat exhaustion. The diet, or possibly the water, brought on a few cases of stomach issues. The long hours, combined with the heat, simply wore others out. The team members all made it out in one piece. Nothing that can’t heal over time.
They’ll take with them the feeling of accomplishment and the knowledge that their efforts will positively and directly impact the communities surrounding Seguidules.