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scottb
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Post Number: 39
Registered: 01-2013


Posted on Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 8:42 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Hello Everyone,

There are signs posted that the bridge will be closed for replacement Nov 1st-Dec 1st.
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ed
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Post Number: 1288
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Posted on Monday, November 3, 2014 - 7:24 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Thanks for the update Scott.
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brian
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Posted on Monday, November 3, 2014 - 8:53 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Great info. Thanks for passing on.
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brian
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Posted on Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 2:32 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post



Photo from scottb.
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ed
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Post Number: 1290
Registered: 03-2004


Posted on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 9:25 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Looks like an entire new structure is being built.
The last time I was across it, there was fresh flagging tape to the south of the existing bridge, so it looks as if it may be a new location as well.
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grncnu
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Post Number: 356
Registered: 08-2010
Posted on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 9:31 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

In the photo it looks like the new structure is being built on the old concrete footings.
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ed
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Post Number: 1291
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Posted on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 7:22 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

It is hard to tell from the picture, but looking under the bridge structure to the other side, it looks more like a pressure treated wooden crib holding it up.This is the more common footing used up there, way back in the bush.
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debaz525
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Registered: 03-2014
Posted on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 7:47 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

This is the old bridge you see in the picture. They are removing all this. (supposed to remove as much as they can of the old wooden cribes.) they installed 6? screw in piles each side i beleive. you can see the steel box way in the back, thats part of the new peers, 1 on each side. the new steel bridge is 80 foot long and will be in the same location as the old bridge.
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ed
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Post Number: 1292
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Posted on Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 7:37 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Thanks for the update debaz.
Hopefully, we will be able to drive across the new bridge next year to visit some of our favourite spots on the other side of the river.
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grncnu
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Post Number: 357
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Posted on Friday, November 28, 2014 - 12:54 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

So this sounds like a major upgrade, not just replacement of a decrepit bridge- or am I wrong? From what you can see of the top structure, it looks fine, but it isn't much more than 30 feet long, maybe 40 feet right across.
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brian
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Post Number: 1659
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Posted on Friday, November 28, 2014 - 8:56 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

This is in preparation for significant logging operations by Goulard and Gervais, including crossing the North Yorston River with a road, somewhere around Talking Falls, to log the Solace Wildlands. This is Gervais' alternative access to the bridge it wanted over the Sturgeon River.

The project will include upgrading the road to Twinkle Lake.

http://www.ottertooth.com/Temagami/Maps/heartland01b.htm
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brian
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Posted on Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 9:10 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

More photos from Scottb







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brian
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Posted on Saturday, January 3, 2015 - 10:47 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

The bridge is complete. They still haven't fixed the nasty washout just past the bridge. I assume they will blast, because it seems to become a problem area every couple of years. The bridge still sits very low for spring runoff levels, and will probably fill up with logjams, just like the old bridge. I am sure that our canoeing friends will often need to portage around the bridge, as opposed to being able to pass under.

scottb


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brian
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Post Number: 1664
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Posted on Saturday, January 3, 2015 - 10:50 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Here's a photo of the bridge in 1980. This was where my Dad once got stuck, putting three tires down and separating the logs. It took five hours to jack the truck back up on the logs, and then wrap two chains around them to force them together. The jackpine logs would bow in the middle (and sometimes separate) when trucks would cross!

scottb

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eddy_turn
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Posted on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 9:33 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Thank you for update and the story!
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undecidable
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Registered: 07-2015
Posted on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 8:16 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

That is brave!

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