Bridge Fabrication

We recently took a trip to Greeley to check in on the fabrication of the first three of our four bridges, which will be installed mid March. They are made completely out of
Cor-Ten, also called weathering steel, which eliminates the need for painting as the product naturally forms a rust-like appearance when exposed to the elements. Each bridge will have overlooks on both sides to allow visitors to step off the trail and have an unobstructed view of the creek. They are too large to deliver in one piece. Instead they will be sent in four pieces (two bridge segments and two overlooks) connected on site and installed as one piece with the help of a large crane. Enjoy the pictures!

 

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Welding one of the sides of the westernmost bridge. This is the largest span at just under 136 feet.

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The center connection point. It will be disassembled here for shipping.

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The easternmost bridge. This is the shortest bridge at just under 107 feet. The small holes you see on the vertical members are for the cable safety railing.

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One half of the bridge. Its other half can be seen on the right.

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The middle of the three bridges with a span of just under 122 feet. This had just been sandblasted to remove debris and writing from the fabrication process. By the time this is installed in March it should have a rusty patina again.

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The two pieces of the middle bridge.

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One of the six overlooks. The holes for the cable safety railing can be seen here as well.