The Unofficial
I-26 Construction
Madison County
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Probably my favorite picture of this batch. You're looking south from the north end of the Laurel Creek Bridge, and all the columns are poured and completed. The four cranes are positioned to begin hanging the big steel plate girders on the south end, with two below the bridge and two on the southern endbent. The square protrusions on the concrete caps are girder supports, one for each steel beam. Note how they are at different elevations; this is to allow the bridge to slope from side to side at a 1/4" per foot slope (a normal road slope). The cut behind the bridge will focus the driver's view toward the interchange and the mountains in the background. Photo taken by Scott Hidden of NCDOT's Soil Unit in October 2000.


 
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John Lansford
5 November 2000