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Poland Bridge Restoration Progress [WGN
August 18, 2003 - The new abutments are under construction. The new build features
back-walls to separate the road-bed from the bridge seating platform. The original abutments
allowed the road bed to contact the ends of the bottom chords causing rot.
The "face wall" of the new abutments will be fitted
with steel brackets to receive the ends of the Burr arches, which will be restored to the
bridge's original configuration. The steel brackets will isolate the wooden arch-ends from contact
with the abutment where rot-inducing moisture can be picked up.
The problem of the "too-short" king post braces will
be solved through the use of shims rather than replacing the braces, which are part of the
|The forms are set for new abutment cap and back-
Photo by Joe Nelson, August 11, 2003
End of chord cut off to clear concrete forms. The bottom chords are to be
Photo by Joe Nelson, August 18, 2003
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© 2003 Joe Nelson, P.O Box 267, Jericho, VT 05465-0267
This file posted August 23, 2003