We are planning a trail work day for Saturday August 24, 2019 to assemble the 90' Nash Stream Bridge.
A group of volunteers from Groveton worked with the excavator operator on Monday to line up all of the steel beams and we need to finish the assembly of the bridge on Saturday.
We have four goals for our trail work day:
1) Install all of the structural bolts (about 200 3/4" bolts) and torque to specifications. These will all need to be put in by hand and then snugged up using electric drivers. Finally each bolt will need to be torqued by hand to meet specifications.
2) Install wooden stringer boards on top of main beams. These need to be cut to length and drilled for carriage bolts and then have the carriage bolts installed.
3) Weld box tubing around cement abutment blocks. The box tubing is cut but it needs to be put in place around the cement blocks and welded.
4) Install steel rods around abutment blocks. These are 1" in diameter and 10' long and have a point on them. We are going to try and drive them with a sledge hammer, but if you have a vibrator tool for installing grounding rods, that would be a huge help.
We will be meeting at the CREDIT CARD GAS STATION in Stark at 8:30am. (Please note: We will NOT be meeting at Gord's Corner Store).
The gas station is located about 1/8 mile east of the Groveton Trailblazers clubhouse. The address of the gas station is 890 Northside Road, Stark 03582. If you get there late, go west from the gas station on Northside Road and take a right onto Log Hollow Road (gravel road). (There is a sign on the corner of Log Hollow Road for the Groveton Trailblazers snowmobile club.)
Follow Log Hollow Road for 1/4 mile until you see a dirt road going into a field on the right. Follow the dirt road to the bridge site.
Please bring gloves, sunscreen, your lunch and plenty of water as the bridge is located in a field with no shade.
Also if you have a long handle sledge hammer, please bring that. If you have an electric ground rod driver, even better!
If you are a welder, please bring your helmet and safety gear. We have portable stick welder that will be on site but we could use an experienced welder!
Otherwise we should have have all of the tools needed to do the work.
I hope to see you there. Remember that this is the second longest bridge that we have worked on (after the 110' long Paris Road Bridge completed in 2002) so don't miss out! Working on these long bridges is a pretty rare opportunity.
Milan Trail Huggers ATV Club