Men at work

Men at work The Newcastle/Vermillion Missouri River Bridge decking is now one-third of the way toward completion, according to Steve Ulmer, bridge construction supervisor. The Newcastle/Vermillion Missouri River Bridge decking is now one-third of the way toward completion, according to Steve Ulmer, bridge construction supervisor. Above, a crew works cement into the roadway's re-bar sub-structure. A constant supply of fresh concrete, delivered to the site by ready mix trucks, is pumped onto the bridge from ground level. Delivery of the concrete, pumping it to the deck and workers topside never stop until the total planned area of the pour is completed. Despite this spring's wet and muddy conditions and last winter's snowfall and arctic temperatures that subjected construction workers to wind chills well below zero, the entire bridge project is moving forward at an amazing rate. All the drill shafts have been completed and all but one of the bridge's columns were completed as of last Friday. Caps on three of the columns remain to be constructed. More of the huge steel beams were delivered to the site last week and its placement is under way. As the steel reaches toward the center of the river, workers will build forms and lay down re-bar in preparation for the next concrete pour. Road construction is also under way again with grading machinery and gravel trucks constantly on the move, making unauthorized travel unwise, as well as unlawful.

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