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NEED TO BUILD A BRIDGE
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lee    Posted 02-15-2003 at 20:20:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]
CAN ANYONE HELP WITH FINDING INFO OR IDEAS ON BUILDIND A BRIDGE STRONG ENOUGH FOR A CONCRETE TRUCK TO CROSS A 25 FOOT SPAN OVER A CREEK WITH BANKS ON BOTH SIDES

tHANKS IN ADVANCE
Lee


Warren    Posted 02-17-2003 at 09:37:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Lee,

I haven't done it myself, but I have seen and heard of others that used an old flat bed rail car. This was much the same as the idea of an old semi trailer, only much heavier duty. I would think that you may want to contact one of the larger rail yards to see if they have any old ones available.
Good luck.

Warren


Willy-N    Posted 02-16-2003 at 09:36:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
It would be a lot cheaper to put some large culverts in and fill the area in. Then if you do not need it anymore you can remove them. Sure would cost a lot of money to build a bridge for a Concrete trucks weight. Just my opinion. Mark H.


rhudson    Posted 02-16-2003 at 07:50:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi Lee,

is that 25 feet to a good footing area. the bridge will not be so hard to do but you've got to have a suitable placement for footings. is bridge temp or lifetime? what are soil conditions, flood conditions and speed of water (erosion). i think trucks around here are 65,000lb on tandem axles. its basically a matter of getting large enough i beams onto solid footing. the spacing of the i beams will have to be center of track of the truck. then adding 4 or 6 inch oak decking. can you give more information. oh yeah then you've got to get a driver to cross your bridge.


Spence    Posted 02-15-2003 at 21:00:34       [Reply]  [No Email]

Try this. It's in BMP format so I don't know if it'll show. It's only 32K bytes.


LL    Posted 02-16-2003 at 05:19:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
My Dad bought a used/wore out flat bed trailer/40 footer and knocked the wheels off it and laid it across my creek. Just make sure the bed will support a tractor and place so it will not wash away when the creek floods.


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