Friday, March 14, 2014
One Bridge Down
On the first day of 40+ degree temperature when after a winter like this past one, it feels just like around 80 degrees, we hit the trail along the river to stretch our legs with about half the stir crazy inhabitants of this town. I'm not sure what will happen tomorrow when the temperature if forecasted to be in the mid-60's but I full expect no good can come of it. I plan to be out and taking part in whatever no good is happening because it is just too nice to be indoors.
The bridge in town that I use the least is shown above. Even for those who use it the most, they aren't using it now. The deck is being torn off of it and a new deck put in place hopefully open to use sometime early this next winter. The build a berm of rock that stretches about 7/8th of the way across the river to work off of with a crane. I'm not sure how that will work when the snow pack up north starts to melt in earnest. I suppose most of the big rock is too big to be moved much but the little stuff that they used as fill will surely be gone and have to be replaced, not to mention any equipment left behind. But because there is a dam only a hundred yards or so upstream, I reckon they will get sufficient warning to move before the gates are opened. All this certainly will spice up our summer walks along the river this year.
Speaking of the river, it must have been exciting to see the ice pack get swept downstream. I missed out on the action but the riverbanks were littered with huge blocks of ice, some much larger than our minivan. Because the river is about at the same level it has been all winter long, all of them were pushed up by ice jams before the water eventually broke them down and swept them downstream. Like I said, I wish I'd been there to see it happen.
(Addendum March 14th at 8:20: The next day after I took the photo the water had breached the road beneath the bridge and a few days after that, it was a foot deep over it. I'm guessing they will have to do some rebuilding when they need to use it again.)