Preparing Abutments for River S Bridge

The big, 300-ton capacity crane is now operational. Its adorable yellow sibling can be seen to its left.

The big, 300-ton capacity crane is now operational. Its adorable yellow sibling can be seen to its left.

Last week saw the set-up completion of the massive 300-ton capacity crane that will do all the really heavy lifting of the bridge construction. Now it’s onto the bridge abutments.

Abutments, if this term is as new to you as it was to me, are the structures at either end of the bridge upon which the “superstructure” (the main span of the bridge) rests. Part of constructing these abutments involves making giant rebar cages. That’s what the contractors have been busy with this week. While these rebar cages are being built, the contractors are also improving the ground where the west abutment (the Auto Tour side) will be constructed.

The massive rebar cages that will be used in construction of the abutments. That’s how they roll.

The massive rebar cages that will be used in construction of the abutments. That’s how they roll.

SAFETY FIRST

Please help us spread the word that this is a major construction project that requires closure of the Refuge access road while the contractors are working. For the protection of your friends, neighbors, and other Refuge enthusiasts, please let them know that they must not drive down the hill from Hillhurst Road at any time Monday through Friday. A large, yellow and black sign near the dog park, as well as other traffic signs, are your reminder of the point at which you must turn around. If you’re going downhill, you’ve gone too far.

Your patience and understanding with the process that it takes to get to this awesome improvement is very much appreciated by the USFWS and The Friends.

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