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March 2015

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This view is of the bridge piers while facing east. Standing prominently in the foreground is one of the two piers adjacent to the navigation channel. The piers at the navigation channel are the largest for the bridge, extending more than 55 feet above the water. The height of the piers allow for a 100 foot wide by 55 foot high clear zone for water vessels to pass safely underneath the bridge.
This view is of the southerly wingwall at the east abutment for the new bridge. These elements will be used to support and protect the roadway immediately beyond the bridge's limits. The concrete footings have been completed and are supported by three foot diameter concrete drilled shafts. The reinforcement steel for the wall elements of the wingwall have been set and the forms have been installed and await the concrete pour.

This view is from behind the east abutment looking west. Workers are finishing the reinforcement steel cage for the abutment bridge seat, which will be used to support the end beams for the bridge as well as retain the soil from the roadway. After the concrete for the bridge seat obtains the required strength, the end bridge beams will be set on top of this concrete element.

A pier has gained the strength required to be self-supporting and formwork removal is ready to begin. A surveyor is checking the finished elevations of the pier to ensure the pier was set to the proper height. Each bridge element must maintain strict quality control measures so that the next phase of construction can be carried out effectively and according to plan.
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