We are planning a trail work day for Saturday September 14, 2019 to put the deck, railings and runners on the 90' Nash Stream Bridge.
The steel beams were moved across the river on 9/7 and they lined up perfectly on the abutments. Lumber is being brought in on 9/13 and staged in specific locations to make it easier for sorting and preparation.
We have the following goals for this work day:
1) Cut some trees that are overhanging the bridge and also clean up some downed trees near the east bridge approach.
2) Weld some tabs onto the box tubing under the beams to make sure the bridge cannot move sideways from vibration or river overflow.
3) Install abutment boards to keep the dirt ramps from contacting the steel beams.
4) Mark locations for long and short bridge deck boards.
5) Install long and short deck boards.
6) Mark locations for the rail posts.
7) Cut rail posts and support blocking.
8) Install rail posts and support blocking.
9) Cut angled rail supports.
10) Level rail posts and install angled rail supports.
11) Install bottom rail, middle rail, top rail and cap board.
12) Install runner boards.
We will be meeting at the west bridge ramp at 8:30am. To get there,
take Rt. 110 east from Groveton to Emerson Road. Take a left on Emerson Road and proceed 1.4 miles to a triangular intersection.
Take a left at that intersection onto Northside Road and then go 600 feet 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 which leads to the bridge site.
Please bring bug spray, gloves, sunscreen, your lunch and plenty of water as the bridge prep will be done along the approach ramp which is located in a field with no shade.
Bring a hammer, tape measure and a small level. If you have it handy, bring an extension cord, skill saw, square and battery powered drill. Otherwise we should have have all of the tools needed to do the work. Most of the work will be lifting and moving about 500 pieces of lumber so be ready for a workout!
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). Working on these long bridges is a pretty rare opportunity so don't miss out!
Milan Trail Huggers ATV Club