August 5, 2007 - The crane is in place and ready to assist in the building of a temporary bridge spanning the river as a kind of scaffolding to work off of during the construction of the new bridge. The temporary bridge must be built strong enough to hold the weight of the crane and other heavy equipment. Recently, an interesting and ancient retired construction worker reminded me of the difference between a steelworker and an ironworker when I happened to misspeak. A steelworker makes the steel, an ironworker puts it together and builds things with it. Both tough jobs, requiring a tough breed of human.
August 19, 2007 - The first section of the temporary bridge is in place on the north riverbank and the crane sits idle. In mid-August, a permit dispute between contractor, J. F. White, and the Massachusetts Highway Department has halted construction on the structure, the building of which, although necessary for the safe and efficient construction of the new bridge, had apparently not had the proper state permits pulled by the contractor, according to the Highway Department. The contractor disagrees with the department's assessment, as related in an August 21, 2007, CBS 3 News article. The crane would sit idle for weeks before work on the temporary bridge resumed.
October 6, 2007 - The morning mist has yet to lift over the north side in this photo, taken yesterday. Construction has resumed on the temporary bridge, with two sections now complete and pylons driven for a third. About five months have passed since the groundbreaking for the project. It is interesting to note the drop in the water level of the Westfield River in this succession of photos. The river's flow is somewhat controlled by the Littleville Dam on the middle branch and Knightville Dam on the east branch, both in Huntington, Mass., and under the charge of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. The west branch of the river is unregulated, and further east, the Little River is also, for the most part, free in its flow as it empties into the river, pushing towards the Connecticut.
More about the Great River Bridge traffic improvement project on EWM.
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