bridge over a stream

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Project by MattNC posted 08-22-2013 01:00 PM 1967 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sorry don’t have any up close pictures but this was a bridge I built for my sister on her hobby farm. The challenge has a 20’ wide stream we needed to cross with atv’s. The stream crossing was 1/8 mile from the nearest driveway. I built it with 3 parallel sections each made from heavily cross braced 2×10x24’s of pressure treated. The first weekend I came out and mixed and poured 2’x6’x1’ deep footers. The next weekend I lashed the section to a cart one at a time and pushed them back in the woods and used a winch to drag the first section across and then slide the other sections over. I then drilled and bolted the parallel sections together and then installed the decking. Gravel created the ramp heading up to each side. It was designed with a 2400lb mid load in mind with a generous safety factor (it does have a total of 9 2×10’s under it). I drove a side by side over it fully loaded with gravel and it didn’t budge an inch.

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#1 posted 08-22-2013 01:32 PM

very nice,sounds like a lot of work.should last a long time.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#2 posted 08-22-2013 06:07 PM

Nice, practical project—like a lot of the projects I’ve done over the years, so I can appreciate what you’ve done here.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#3 posted 08-22-2013 06:13 PM

Nice bridge and welcome to Lumberjocks. It looks like you had everything figured out.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 08-23-2013 10:10 AM

Great work,, Look nice and very solid! Should serve you well….

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 08-25-2013 12:18 PM

Your sister must be thankful for you. Nice work.

-- Terry,Tennessee

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#6 posted 08-26-2013 05:00 PM

That’s one big project that you accomplished superbly. It’s a beautiful, well designed and solid bridge. I’m sure your sister appreciates it.

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