Stewarts Bridge in North River being replaced by Bailey-style structure
Bridging the gap
NORTH RIVER - Matt Vance bridged a gap between theoretical and practical knowledge this week working on a construction project in North River.
The Truro native is working with the Infrastructure Renewal and Transportation Department this summer and aided construction workers assembling a bridge under the supervision of a project engineer.
"This is great experience working here with this," said Vance, watching as a crew of workers with Dexter Construction gently guided a Bailey-style bridge across the North River.
Vance is studying engineering at the University of New Brunswick and this was the first hands-on bridge construction project he has participated in.
"It's one thing to see it in books at school but it is another to actually be out here on-site and make it happen.
"It's very cool."
During the past three days construction crews assembled the 45-ton, steel-truss, one-lane bridge on shore supported by giant rollers.
As each new section of the 150-foot span was added an excavator gently pushed it out over the river until it landed on the opposite shore around 1 p.m. Friday.
"Everything went smoothly," said Darrell Conrad, site foreman with Dexter Construction. "It moves so easily you could almost push it
The structure was secured to newly poured concrete abutments and gravel will be placed at each end. Officials anticipate the bridge will be open within a week, allowing the old Stewart's Bridge to be lifted from its place by crane and then dismantled on the riverside in early September.