Westford.july21Back to Work Begins. Finished!
Friday, July 20 - The Bridge is up on wheels and is being prepared for towing. →
View of east end of bridge as towing arrangements are being completed. →
The big move is underway as the bridge caravan inches its way down hill to the crossing place. →
Standing on the highway bridge, the bridge is being transferred off of the wheels and onto "I"-beams in preparation to move it sideways toward the prepared abutments.
The bridge stood on the "I"-beams half-way to the abutments overnight. One lane of the highway bridge was opened to traffic.→
Saturday, July 21 - The bridge, still on the "I"- beams, is positioned over the abutments.
Phil Peirce, P.E. the Consulting Engineer and covered bridge specialist on the project, watches the work in progress from the highway bridge rail.→
Caroline Brown, Westford Historical Society president, enjoys the "big day." She has been working toward this event for fourteen years. →
The Messier House Moving team and the Renaud Brothers contractors team work together smoothly.→
The bridge has been lowered as close to abutments as the jacks will allow. Next, oak bedding timber will be placed under the chords buffering them from contact with the concrete. The last of the cribbing and the jacks will be removed and the bridge will be lowered onto bedding timbers using lifting balloons. →
Bridge interior. The K-braces will be removed and the floor completed. →
Copyright © 2001, Caroline Brown
This file revised July 22, 2001