Rustic Bridge

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I spent a nice day at Beaver Brook Association in Hollis, NH. This bridge spanned one of the ponds.

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Monochrome Monday

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Good morning, back to work for those of us who didn’t have a blizzard or flood. I’m combining two photo themes in this posting. “People at Work Monday” and “Monochrome Monday”.  All the photos were taken in New Ipswich, NH.

Under Load by John Poltrack on
The bridge in Smithville was repaired in 2010 by replacing the rusted steel pipe with a series of very large cement sections. A large crane did the lifting. It seemed like a good candidate for some selective coloration.



Smithville Bridge Repair Crew by John Poltrack on
Workers attach the hoist to one of the cement sections. Photo taken in Smithville in September of 2010.



Work Break by John Poltrack on
Workers at the Highbridge repair project take a break as they await the next concrete delivery truck.



Malcolm by John Poltrack on
Malcolm roasts a pig over a spit at a Software Release party in New Ipswich, NH. Photo was taken in June of 2014.


Bridge repair update – a sidewalk!

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I was pleased to see the inclusion of raised sidewalk which will be included as part of the bridge repair project. I’ve always wanted to view the river without the danger of being run down.The workers poured the cement on September 18, 2015.

Highbridge Repair
Workers pour cement for the sidewalk on Highbridge.

Highbridge Repair Update – September 11, 2015

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A full day of work at Highbridge in New Ipswich.

Cement Pumper
Cement being pumped onto bridge decking and rebar. The pumper could only reach half way and needed to be moved to the other side to finish the work.
Wet Burlap
Workers cover the cement with wet burlap till it cures.
Cement Roller
A motor driven roller smooth the cement . It travels back and forth along rails (See Video).
One patch left
They used all the cement before they finished this patch. One worker joked that it was a speed bump. Another call for a cement truck.
Take a break
The workers got some down time until the last load of cement arrived.
No contact
The bridge is completely suspended over the span and has no physical contact with the original stone bridge. It offers an ideal habitat for a troll.

Bridge Repair Update – September 4, 2015

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The bridge looks great and is on schedule for traffic in mid-October.

Rebar in place. The green color is the epoxy coating to prevent corrosion when encased in cement.
Bridge repair
Workers on bridge. On the right side of this photo will be a raised sidewalk (with curb) which will allow pedestrians a safe passage over the bridge.
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The device being suspended by the crane has a metal roller to smooth the cement after it is poured.

Highbridge Repair Update – decking in place and secured to the support beams

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Cement decking arrives on site
Decking in place
Decking is constructed with rebar. The panels are supported on solid strips of insulation. Note how a channel is formed between the panels. That will be filled with cement and anchor bolts.
Dust can be seen from sandblasting between the panels. Later steel bolts will be welded to the support beams and back filled with grouting.
Welded posts in grout can be seen protruding above the decking.
Cement forms in place, cement poured and curing underway. Keeping it wet during the process.
From shore to shore, the first decking layer is in place. Later rebar will be added and 4 inches of cement will be added for the next layer.

Bridge Repair Update- May 25, 2015

Some serious excavation on either side bank of the Souhegan.
Bridge Repair
Concrete forms and new drainage on the Northern bank of the bridge.
Bridge Repair
It will be interesting to see how large the span will be when they complete the project.
Bridge Repair
I can only assume that similar work is being performed on the Southern Bank. I’ll check that out for my next update.
Bridge Repair
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Highbridge Reconstruction Project – Update May 12, 2015

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Bridge Out
Some real progress has been made on the bridge work here in New Ipswich. Besides all the iron work they have plugged up the old water pipe (left) which used to carry water from Bank Village. Probably a good idea before someone crawled into it.

Bridge Out
A serious pile driver. Imagine hearing that all day. I suppose it would shake the china off the shelves in the nearby home.
Bridge Out
This shovel is parked right along the edge of a dirt bank, 42 feet above the Souhegan river. Please be careful.
Bridge Out
Nice view for these folks. Only consolation is that the banks won’t be eroding for some time.
Bridge Out