|40' Nineteen Mile Brook Bridge, constructed 2015. |
View from previous bridge location.
|Crew working on the abutments.|
|Crew receiving bridge beams.|
With the abutments built and the approach from either side modified we waited until the end of September to airlift the beams into place and bring in the rest of the material for the decking and handrails. Airlifts came and went without much of a hitch, beams settled nicely and a 4lb sledge was enough to make the minor adjustments either left or right to square the beams up.
|Approach from near side.|
installing the handrails, cutting and fastening the decking, and finishing the approaches.
Additional work went into two relatively short but significant trail relocations on the trail as well. With the banks of the Nineteen Mile Brook unable to contain the rush of rain runoff from TS Irene the brook jumped the banks in several locations, causing erosion and gulling beyond repair in sections of the old trail.
|Volunteer Teen Trail Crew clearing|
part of relocation
Both the Professional Trail Crew and Volunteer Trail Crews from Camp Dodge worked on both relocations, one of which started right from the parking lot, the second not much farther up trail -- both relos are below the site of the new bridge.
|Vol. Teen Trail Crew receives rocks via a highline. |
A lot of rock was moved to build rock staircases and to replace roughly a foot of duff and organic material in effort to provide a more durable tread surface for users. Both relos likely won't feel the effects of high water if we receive another Irene-like event as they are placed
on much higher terrain than the old sections were originally.
Thank you again to the USFS and NFF for cooperation and financial assistance on this project.
The National Forest Foundation (NFF): Founded by Congress in 1991, the National Forest Foundation works to conserve, restore and enhance America's 193-million-acre National Forest System. Through community-based strategies and public-private partnerships, the NFF helps enhance wildlife habitat, revitalizes wildfire-damaged landscapes, restores watersheds, and improves recreational resources for the benefit of all Americans.
Want to learn more about AMC’s trail crew? Keep an eye on AMC’s YouTube page in March for new a video produced by AMC’s magazine team.