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February 2015

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This view is of the inside of a recently constructed pier cap form. Reinforcement steel has yet to be placed inside this form. The metal forms are placed to control the shape of the pier cap during concrete placement and while the concrete is still in its fluid state.
This view is above the formwork for another pier cap. The reinforcement steel cage is nearing completion and final adjustments are being made. The steel cage strengthens the concrete in the pier cap to carry the loads from the bridge. All of the steel in the pier is galvanized to help protect and preserve the metal in the marine environment.
This view is of a nearly completed pier cap, only minor concrete work is needed to complete this pier. Two inch diameter anchor rods can be seen extending out of the pier cap; these will be used to connect to the superstructure concrete and provide overall stability for the beams and deck.

Looking west from the east side of the navigation channel (center of the structure), this view is of the pier columns and pier cap forms. The work platform and construction activities do not interfere with the navigation channel so that marine traffic is not impacted by the work.

This view shows the progress of the west abutment and wingwall for the bridge. These structural elements will be used to support the bridge beams and to protect the embankment soil on the bridge approaches. The reinforcement steel will be embedded in the final concrete pours for the abutment backwall as the wall elements are completed.
This view is of the completed pier columns on the east end of the bridge looking west, during the coldest season of construction. As the pier construction is nearing completion, crews are preparing for the delivery of the bridge beams which will be seated on top of the piers.
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