Panoramic view

Panoramic view This panoramic view of the Newcastle-Vermillion Missouri River Bridge was photographed May 17. This panoramic view of the Newcastle-Vermillion Missouri River Bridge was photographed May 17. There has been much progress since then, but it is difficult for the casual observer to see. There is no curve in the bridge; the distortion comes from the camera being closer to the structure's center than its ends. This photograph was stitched together by computer and eight separate photographs, all from the same point. Bridge work is underway almost at all points along the way. When this picture was taken, abutment work was in progress on the South Dakota end. Workers were busy all along the steel girders laying reinforcement rod in preparation for additional decking to be poured. Jensen Construction crews were busy out on the river with tugs, barges and cranes preparing to pour the top on one of the support piers. In this photo, the first single pier is on the river's edge. A construction road has been built from the river's edge out to the second drill shaft in the water, which was drilled and poured from this road. When the bridge is completed, the construction road will be taken out, according to Steve Ulmer, bridge supervisor.

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