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Beginning deck removal.
First portion of deck removed.
Removed section of deck makes what is left of the substructure more visible.
Continuing with deck removal.
Bridge with two sections of deck removed.
A potentially disastrous situation presented itself when the entire bridge moved, nearly slipping off the abutment, during deck removal. Unlike the other four bridges in the county, this bridge was not secured to the abutments, nor did it have the buildup of dirt and corrosion that may have helped hold the other bridges in place.
Preparing to remove deck stringers.
Removing deck stringers.
Bridge with deck removed.
On-site work crew.
While this project was going on, some of the parts of the bridges that were not historic or were deteriorated beyond repair were sent to the scrap yard to help cover the cost of rescuing these bridges.
With the deck removed, a couple pieces of angle are prepared as part of creating a brace to attach to the trusses to keep them stabilized and in place during floor beam removal.
Small pieces of angle are screwed into the abutment for the brace to rest on.
Two deck stringers from the bridge were used as the temporary braces. Here, one is being moved into place on the abutment.
The other brace is moved into place.
Views of a brace as attached to the truss.
Details of a brace. At this time it was discovered that the deck stringers had the Phoenix name on them, indicating the fabricator of the beam.
After the floor beams were removed, the Cambria brand was discovered on those beams as well.
The removed floor beams are prepared to be moved away from the bridge.
View of the bridge with the floor beams removed.
Preparing the western truss for removal.
Beginning to lift the truss. Once the truss weight is fully transferred to the crane, the brace is removed.
Continuing to lift the bridge.
Moving the truss back away from the creek.
The truss is laid down, ready to be dismantled for storage.
View of the bridge with the western truss removed.
Preparing to pick the eastern truss.
At this point, a wooden plank was noticed floating down the creek, which had risen overnight due to rain. A sign of historic bridges being rescued elsewhere in the county, it appears to be a deck plank that floated down from the upstream Kimpton Road Bridge, also removed as part of this project.
The eastern truss is removed and placed on land.
View of the bridge site with the bridge fully removed. With the abutments in the horrible condition they were in, with the bridge gone, it was hard to believe what is left of these abutments had hours ago still supported a bridge.
With the bridge on land, an interesting detail where the floorbeam had a portion of the flange cut out to admit the hanger was noticed.