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Bridge and culvert repair on the Blue Hills Trail

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The Blue Hills Trail -- entirely non-motorized -- has more than 20 miles of trails that require year round maintenance. Our most important bridge was heavily damaged in a late May deluge, then dismantled in August while staging the repair. Every picture tells a story: the attached photos first show the damaged bridge; then show the workers on the 14th of September when the bridge was rebuilt (bridge building photos courtesy of Dan Bjugstad); and some modifications from the workday on October 1st. Thanks to these guys for rebuilding the bridge: Dan Bjugstad, Mike Cragg, Ron Jasperson, Frank Lowry, & John Waldron. Thanks to Lamperts of Ladysmith for donating the lumber for the stringers. This bridge (as well as another bridge and several culverts) received quite a bit of attention during the annual work day on October 1st. The trails are shaping up now as we enjoy fall and look forward to winter skiing.Many many thanks to our numerous volunteers!

May 2016 deluge damaged this bridge on the Blue Hills Trail
Damaged bridge following May deluge
May 2016 deluge damaged this bridge on the Blue Hills Trail
Damaged bridge
May 2016 deluge damaged this bridge on the Blue Hills Trail
Damaged bridge
summer 2016 showing initial phases of bridge repair near #25 on the Blue Hills Trail
summer 2016 showing initial phases of bridge repair near #25 on the Blue Hills Trail
summer 2016 showing initial phases of bridge repair near #25 on the Blue Hills Trail
summer 2016 showing initial phases of bridge repair near #25 on the Blue Hills Trail
applying the decking on the repaired bridge
applying the decking on the repaired bridge
applying the decking on the repaired bridge
completed bridge structure
completed bridge structure
completed bridge structure with fill added on the east side of the bridge
creating an approach ramp for the west side of the bridge
completed bridge
collage of bridge repair photos at the Blue Hills Trail in northern Wisconsin
repaired bridge ready for traffic
Blue Hills Trail summer 2016 showing blown out culvert before and after repair
Blown out culvert - before and after repair

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Bridge and culvert repair on the Blue Hills Trail

HomeDouble right arrow iconTrail workDouble right arrow icon

The Blue Hills Trail -- entirely non-motorized -- has more than 20 miles of trails that require year round maintenance. Our most important bridge was heavily damaged in a late May deluge, then dismantled in August while staging the repair. Every picture tells a story: the attached photos first show the damaged bridge; then show the workers on the 14th of September when the bridge was rebuilt (bridge building photos courtesy of Dan Bjugstad); and some modifications from the workday on October 1st. Thanks to these guys for rebuilding the bridge: Dan Bjugstad, Mike Cragg, Ron Jasperson, Frank Lowry, & John Waldron. Thanks to Lamperts of Ladysmith for donating the lumber for the stringers. This bridge (as well as another bridge and several culverts) received quite a bit of attention during the annual work day on October 1st. The trails are shaping up now as we enjoy fall and look forward to winter skiing.Many many thanks to our numerous volunteers!

May 2016 deluge damaged this bridge on the Blue Hills Trail
Damaged bridge following May deluge
May 2016 deluge damaged this bridge on the Blue Hills Trail
Damaged bridge
May 2016 deluge damaged this bridge on the Blue Hills Trail
Damaged bridge
summer 2016 showing initial phases of bridge repair near #25 on the Blue Hills Trail
summer 2016 showing initial phases of bridge repair near #25 on the Blue Hills Trail
summer 2016 showing initial phases of bridge repair near #25 on the Blue Hills Trail
summer 2016 showing initial phases of bridge repair near #25 on the Blue Hills Trail
applying the decking on the repaired bridge
applying the decking on the repaired bridge
applying the decking on the repaired bridge
completed bridge structure
completed bridge structure
completed bridge structure with fill added on the east side of the bridge
creating an approach ramp for the west side of the bridge
completed bridge
collage of bridge repair photos at the Blue Hills Trail in northern Wisconsin
repaired bridge ready for traffic
Blue Hills Trail summer 2016 showing blown out culvert before and after repair
Blown out culvert - before and after repair

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