Highbridge Bridge Update : Paving Day

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I really think we should have a ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of this bridge. Get the selectmen involved and drive some antique car  across this bridge. Today they were  paving the road on each side of the bridge. Right on schedule!

The bridge has a waterproof coating applied. A layer of asphalt will be applied to the bridge, followed by a “wear” layer.
Keep it smooth
Wonder who will be first to cross the river?

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.

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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.
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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.

Bridge Repair Update – Spanning the Souhegan River

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This was an eventful week for the ongoing Highbridge bridge repair.Large steel beams arrived, including 4 that measured 125 feet in length. They fastened in place and now we have an idea how the bridge will look when it is completed.

Two cranes, one for the “short” beams and one for the 125 footers
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The first beam is moved into place
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Next in line
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I wonder where I left my sunglasses?
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Beams in place. The new bridge is a lot wider and it will be possible to get a great view of the Souhegan 42 foot below.

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.
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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

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15 days till Christmas

Fallen Leaves

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Billy showed as much interest in me as I did in him

Construction of the Bridge on Goen Road
A bit like putting Lego Blocks together on a grand scale

A council of goats with plenty to say

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8 days till Thanksgiving

Inspecting the new bridge in Smithville (waterfall ahead)

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Rusted farm equipment in Jaffrey. Are these used for haying? If you know leave a comment.

Expect the unexpected in New Ipswich
Time travel no less

Snow fence, fencing snow

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View of the bridge over the Souhegan in Smithville, NH (New Ipswich_
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2011 Photo of bridge

A blend of old and new

Peterborough, NH

The light from above
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