Posted: Oct 1, 2010 11:56 pm
Wanna see something awesome?
The guy I sit next to at work designed the new 200' pedestrian bridge that's going to go over the Wolf River (part of the Rails-2-Trails project). Anyways, it has been fabbed and assembled, completely, down on President's Island. They're going to cart it out to the Wolf River, just south of the Walnut Grove crossing, on Tuesday around 11 AM and place it in (2) 100 ton pick in, they hope, under an hour. My dept is going to go out there as a group to witness this. It's going to be nuts. They've got two humongous cranes, one on each bank, that are going to make each side meet up, over the river, fully assembled -then some dude is going to go out there and bolt it together.
For the morbidly curious, they're "hoping" the bank is stable enough to take the cranes (although, since it has been so dry, should be cool).
PS, the bridges are fitted out with Brazilian rain-forest wood (Ipe), and that shit does NOT float in water.