A Photo essay showing how the new Huntley Bridge was placed/installed over the blood brook-includes a short video
A nice job done by some dedicated volunteers and an expert or two or three!
Good morning Norwich and the Upper Valley
Here is a photo essay of the steps taken to place the new Huntley bridge over the Blood brook. This first photo you see is where the story left off during the assembly phase and this story is taking you to the final placement of the new bridge. I have included the link to the assembly story at the end of this one so if you have not yet seen that please take a look see.
There is one short video which I think/hope you will like also
Editors note: I have taken several videos in different phases of this event and will fine tune them hopefully into one video, but for now the story must be told with good old fashion photos and captions if you will.
Another Editors note:
I have included this mornings listserv post from Don McCabe
21. Kids Bridge Installed
From: Don McCabe <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 2 Dec 2023 15:26:29 -0500
Thanks to all the volunteers, generous Norwich donors, leadership of project manager Bridge McDowell, and old fashioned Yankee Ingenuity, the Kids Bridge was installed today at Huntley Meadow.
Special thanks to Graham Webster who gave his time and equipment to today’s installation.
This self-funded project will be complete once decking is installed and Winter access is provided. Until then, a caution to parents: Please do not let your kids access the bridge until it is opened for public use. It is currently blocked at each end for safety.
The Kids Bridge is evidence of the kindness and generosity of Norwich families, and a symbol of local government working together with local volunteers to better serve our community.
The bridge awaiting movement to the designated resting place
And here is the man and machine that will move it along with some friends to help of course.
As the Limo waits for the return trip back to the shop
Concrete staging blocks are being unloaded
Webster and Donavan Excavating doing all the bull work as they have all the right equipment to do the job right.
Stacked and ready to be transported to the site.
Going over the finer details
One by one they are neatly stacked
With some guidance along the way
Finishing touches before heading over to the Huntley side of the brook.
There will be some nice fill in happening here but I will let the pro’s handle the finer details.
Big Yellow and the crew now getting ready to set the supporting concrete blocks on the Huntley side of the brook.
Making sure to get it right is key
And a nice sweep job and some final prep work discussion to make sure all are on the same page.
Drilling the holes for the mounting bolts
While Graham brings in some backup equipment. This little guy has an important job to do.
Lifting the bridge and lining it up
And here is a short video that will show it being moved over towards the brook.
Check out the security dog in the video letting everyone know just how it is going.
Also notice the wooden skis that were placed under the rear portion of the bridge, thus making it easier and safer to move into place with no damage. The snow helped out a little too!
Once in place some final adjustments
Checking everything twice
And then the big push into place
Watchful eyes ensure safety and success
Steady she goes in for a short distance and then Graham and Big Yellow can grab it from the other side.
Now Graham brings Big Yellow over to the Beaver Meadow side of the bridge and gets things ready to pull the bridge across.
And it is steady as she goes so it can line up with the drilled holes on these concrete pads also.
And the spotter says it is looking fine
And now the final drop and adjustment!
And with a little help from the other side, (Yeah for the little guy on the other side and the big push)
Mission is accomplished
In case you missed the assembly story, I have posted it here as well
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