Thursday, November 1, 2007

Photos: Over the River and to the Crane

The Great River Bridge Traffic Improvement Project is rolling right along in Westfield, Massachusetts. A temporary platform has been built from which work on the center support for the new bridge spanning the Westfield River seems to be steadily progressing. I took this series of photos of a dump truck backing up on the narrow scaffold this past Tuesday, coming for another load of riverbed offered by the crane's hungry bucket. I have a lot of admiration for a person who can make the difficult look easy, as this driver did. I would be in the drink for sure. Heck, I can't even drive in a straight line going forward. It's no wonder trucking is considered a "high-risk" occupation. With fuel prices and fees going up, trucking has become a tough industry to compete in as well. At work one day, an owner-operator in for a repair on his truck and lamenting the high cost of staying afloat asked: "Want to know how to make a small fortune? Take a large fortune and go into the trucking business." To the truckers we owe bridges and baked-goods, towers and tea. Thanks, folks.

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Bill Dusty said...

Those pictures look suspiciously like HO-scale train set accessories... I'm just sayin'

Mark T. Alamed said...

Doh! You caught me...