Progress

Progress Most everything needed to construct a bridge across a waterway is evident in this photograph of the Newcastle-Vermillion Missouri River Bridge taken June 20 at the construction site about five miles south of Vermillion Most everything needed to construct a bridge across a waterway is evident in this photograph of the Newcastle-Vermillion Missouri River Bridge taken June 20 at the construction site about five miles south of Vermillion: Trucks and cranes, tugs and barges, concrete and steel, rocks and sand, men with the skills needed for the project and decent weather to work in for a change. The steel erection is approaching the middle of the river, which is the next pier. On beyond the river's center is a column awaiting a cap to be constructed, a drill shaft with the column and cap to be built, and men working on the cap which sits on the Nebraska shore. With these tasks completed, the steel can proceed to the abutment high on the Nebraska bank. The near crane and trucks are sitting on a causeway constructed by the Jensen Construction crew which reaches nearly to the center of the river. This roadway will be removed when the bridge is completed, according to Steve Ulmer, bridge construction superintendent. Despite a severe winter and a wet and very windy spring, the bridge is expected to be opened on schedule Nov. 1.

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