The Hard Work Behind the Big Easy

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Get a glimpse behind the scenes of the recent US Hwy 6 closure that brought us one step closer to the grand opening of the Big Easy Trailhead in Clear Creek Canyon Park.

Taking Advantage of Warm Weather

Lots of action at the Big Easy helping us meet our goal of opening early fall…

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Dueling breaker bars slowly cut away bedrock to make room for the new highway alignment

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Slow going, but you can see the progress

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The future highway alignment can be seen in the distance

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Pouring the caisson cap for the new bridge

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The dry concrete in this photo is the top of the caisson, drilled over 40 feet deep!

Bridge Abutments Are Almost Done

The crews have been hard at work of late and have made great progress on the bridge abutments for 3 of the 4 future bridges. The actual bridges will be installed in late winter of 2016, but these abutments really start to give you an idea of what the finished trail will look like.

Drill Rig

Step 1: Bring this huge track mounted drill up the canyon.

Mayhem Drill Rig 2

Step 2: Drill 2 caisson holes down to bedrock. No easy task with all the large cobble found throughout the canyon.

Drilling Maygem Caissons

Step 2: Little by little.

Cannoball WEst Footer 2

Step 3: Pour concrete footers on top of the caissons.

Cannonball West Footer

Step 3: The concrete must cure before the area is back filled.

Cannonball West Framing

Step 4: Once the footer is back filled, the framing for the abutments goes up.

Mayhem Pumping

Step 5: Bring a pump truck in and pour the abutments. Each abutment requires two concrete trucks.

Mayhem Abutments

Step 6: Strip the forms off and wait.

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Now you can really get a feel for the final elevations. The bridge will sit in the notch and the final bridge deck height will be even with the top of the walls on the sides.