Tuesday, 20 October 2015

What Mom Saw- The Big Lift

Georgia: I told Mom she could use our blog to post her
pictures of the Big Lift.
I was glad I got to stay home and enjoy this sunshine.

These are some pictures from Saturday  October 17,2015
of the Big Lift.
and is need of major repairs so that it will be standing
for another 70 or so years.
This massive project involves replacing the deck of the bridge.
This will be done a section at a time. There will be 46 sections.
This past weekend was the first section.
The deck replacement will occur on weekends and where
applicable, the work will be done over night between
7:30 PM and 5:30 AM

To learn more about this project, click on the RED links.

Old section of the bridge being lowered  to a barge below.

The yellow apparatus is known as the "Lifter"
The big loops guide the cables attached to the old bridge section.

The new section is waiting on a barge.

A close up of the new section.

Old section being lowered.

There is a worker here watching progress.
In spite of a safety harness, it still looks scary!
These workers have nerves of steel.

 Saturday night, work continued on the bridge.
Old re-bar needed to be removed to fit in the new section.

You can see orange areas where the grinding was going on.
It produced lots of smoke that created an ethereal scene.

Lots of sparks!

A view of the bridge from below.
This weekend,the replacement took a long time to get the new
section in place. They took time to ensure all was secure.
The bridge opened to traffic Monday morning, a few hours late.
Needless to say, the morning commute for some was long, 
as there was only one bridge open.
Fortunately, there is a ferry service, so I was not affected 
by the delayed opening this Monday morning.

While at the bridge, there was a lovely crescent moon :)


meowmeowmans said...

Georgia, that is a lovely picture of you enjoying the sunshine at home. :)

And Mom, those are really cool pics of the bridge being repaired. What an amazing feat of engineering.

Summer said...

Wow, that is one HUGE endeavor!

Hannah and Lucy said...

No wonder they were working hard all weekend repairing the bridge - it's a very long one.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

Cheysuli and gemini said...

That is a big lift! But I'm with you--I'd rather be home in the sunshine...now where is it? It was all foggy this morning.

Seville at Nerissa's Life said...

Your peep got to see that in person? Peepson? EVER NEAT! I only got to see it on TV.


Brian said...

That is some impressive Bridge Club!

Eastside Cats said...

They replaced an antique, rammed earth (that's how it's written up!) bridge in our town, that spans the Clinton River. We stood and watched as they tore that thing apart, but it was built like a brick s**t house, which is why it had lasted so long! They had to pour new footings into the bed of the river, and I took photos. Guess we aren't the only ones who like to monitor progress!

Tamago said...

Wow, great pictures! I've never seen such work before. Very impressive! I agree, those workers have nerves of steel...I would be very much scared. How nice you got ferry service so you could avoid a heavy traffic :-)
I love the last photo with crescent moon - so beautiful!

Deb said...

That is impressive. Construction techniques can be quite amazing. I agree with you that it wouldn't matter to me if I was tied off in a harness, that's too danged high.

William said...

Wow, that is quite the undertaking! It's nice that it's being worked on during off hours. Here we just like to ball things up as much as possible. :-)

da tabbies o trout towne said...

guys....de last fotoz with de moon iz awesum !!! thatz gonna take a while ta bee compleet huh, thou nice that they R werkin on it at nite time when therz lezz traffix..... ♥♥♥

The Swiss Cats said...

Pawsome photos ! That's really impressive ! Purrs

The Island Cats said...

That is a BIG job!

pilch92 15andmeowing said...

That is a big project, it must be interesting to watch. I love the photos- especially the last one. :)

The Indulged Furries said...

That's an impressive bridge fix-it project!

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

Those are amazing pictures! I work for a construction news report so I find things like that very fascinating.

MeezerMews&FrecklesWoofs said...

Good thing no kitties came to see that, too noisy we think!

pawsome pictures, we are going to show this post and info to our pawppy and unfurbro-the-younger, they are civil engineers, one in traffic, and the other is doing his master's in structural engineering...think bridges, MOL!!

Meowmy herself thinks its kind of scary...

Katie Isabella said...

COOLIO! Mommy said she as well as I loved the pictures and story!!! xoxox

Maxwell Faraday Richman said...

Other than Georgia, we like the crescent moon shot the best!