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.
Bridge repair
The device being suspended by the crane has a metal roller to smooth the cement after it is poured.