Capping Off Some Great Progress
It’s been a very busy couple of weeks since our last update. The River ‘S’ Bridge crew has been focused on completing the piers, an important part of the bridge’s “substructure” (for those who read our post from June 5th).
Two weeks ago, the crew finished the piers for abutment 2. This is the land-based end of the bridge on the railroad side of Lake River. The work involved drilling 5-foot shafts, setting rebar cages, and pouring concrete. Meanwhile, carpenters began building concrete forms that would be used to create the pier caps.
Last week, concrete was poured at nearly every primary work location. Two of the piers received their caps, while another pier’s column was poured along with one of the abutments. In preparation for the concrete, crews had create reinforcement cages at the abutment, and rebar was tied for the pier caps. The cap for one of the abutments will be the focus this week.