Taking shape Rising out of the Missouri River's bottom land sand, the long-awaited Newcastle/Vermillion Missouri River bridge is beginning to take shape. Rising out of the Missouri River's bottom land sand, the long-awaited Newcastle/Vermillion Missouri River bridge is beginning to take shape. The first two piers, in the lower left side of the photo, are nearly finished and the cylindrical forms on the next pier were removed late last month so workers could begin forming the top platform. The next set of piling is located near the long tube running horizontally across the immediate work area. The underground pillars with their re�bar structures are already poured on the above ground part of the structure. The concrete piling set into the ground are six feet in diameter and extend down into the sand from 80 to 90 feet as they approach the river. The bottom of the pillars are bored several feet into the area's bedrock. Construction is also underway on the pier set on the edge of the river. The tube, or can as they are called, on the water's edge is 12 feet in diameter. The construction company's push boat is on the waterfront and in the upper left side of the photo, the construction barges are waiting to be placed in the water. The actual water part of the task will begin soon. The road to the bridge site is not yet completed and travel is not welcomed by the construction crews as heavy earth-moving equipment is moving up and down the road at a fast pace. Construction is on schedule, with completion of the bridge and road anticipated to be early in the fall of 2001.