Third Phase of Trestle Bridge Project Done

April 9, 2016

Pictures by Eric Johnson and Story by Larry Gomes

Members of the White Mt. Ridge Runners snowmobile club continued the rebuilding of the bridge under the RR trestle behind Valley Creek Eatery.

A total of 6 volunteers showed to continue the project.  The crew first stopped at the WMRR clubhouse to pick up two trailers with supplies. 

The crew set up staging in the river so the outside of the upstream beam could be dressed up with some rough sawn lumber.  While that was going on, other members of the crew continued the installation of the decking.

By the end of the day all of the decking had been installed and the bridge was ready for railings and benches.  Many thanks to this great group of volunteers who worked hauled many tons of lumber to finish the decking on this 78' long bridge.

Here are some pictures taken on Saturday:

Dave Lemiere spent most of the day cutting beams to length using a trailer as a work area.

Dalton Binette carries one of the heavy decking timbers over to the bridge.

Leo Couture hands one of the rough sawn lumber boards to Bob McCourt so it can be installed to cover up the beams.

Bob McCourt and Eric Johnson finish up the last of the rough sawn lumber installation.

With the rough sawn lumber installed, Bob and Eric removed the staging from the river and the removed the staging from the center of the bridge.

Larry Gomes and Dave Lemeire install decking on the bridge with timber lags using a string as a guide.

The crew had to replace some header board holding back the dirt embankment at the end of the bridge.
With no shovel available, Leo Couture built a home made push broom to sweep some dirt for the embackment.

Finally the bridge is finished and ready for posts and railings.

Check the WMRR website for the next trail work day and be part of the team that finishes this bridge project.


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