Retaining Wall Update April 12

It’s truly astonishing seeing the scope of this work and the seemingly glacial pace at which it is trundling along. As of last weekend, not much has changed except that the new bridge has had its eastern abutment extended to the far bank.

The bridge with its extended abutment.

The bridge with its extended abutment.

The result of the new abutment is to constrict the river at this point and warnings have been placed south of the bridge about the dangerous flow.

A close-up of the abutment.

A close-up of the abutment.

The extended abutment from downstream.

The extended abutment from downstream.

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The faster flowing water downstream.

 

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4 thoughts on “Retaining Wall Update April 12

    1. Roy Murray Post author

      The wall was to have been completed by the end of March so it’s well behind schedule – they’re still in the preparation stage. I get the impression that there will be an extension of the far abutment along the existing retaining wall to allow access for the crane and that will take a long time. With dozens of huge blocks then needing to be individually coaxed into place, I can see this going on all summer.

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      1. Hans Havermann

        I’m starting to wonder if the extension of that abutment might become a permanent feature. It would certainly make sense from an erosion-control perspective by allowing for a less steep embankment on that side.

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  1. Roy Murray Post author

    That’s a good point, Hans. I was wondering how they would handle the removal of the old wall. This would keep the bank stable and add a barrier in front. Time will tell!

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