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There had been problems last week when the crane refused to lift as the wind was to high but with today being a nice day all went well
The final piece goes in and the rails and cross member have now to be installed
Broadwalk Bridge 29th march 2010
The bridge over Broad walk was being put into place today but due to the size and complexity they were having trouble getting it to fit. They had to take it out and put it back a few times and by 3 o'clock they only had the first section in and it looks as if it will continue tomorrow.
The Daffs our now coming out along the main walk at a rapid pace
Lots of gardeners were out planting the island today as it needs to be done before any water is in the lake.
Broadwalk Bridge Friday 26 March
As reported the other day they had trouble getting the giant steel support into and in the end it had to be done the next day. It was just down to a safety computer on the crane which wouldn't let it lift the steel as it was to windy.
However on Thursday the wind had dropped and the support was in place.
There is now some work to do on site welding the top supports onto the steel and as you can see in the above picture that is now going ahead the bridge its self which you can see in the background will be lifted into place on Monday as the men are working over the weekend to get everything ready
The metal supports for the end of the bridge were lifted into place. The work will then be completed by Thursday night when all the bridges will be fully installed. One of the Burma Bridges has yet to be lowered a few feet after the initial settling period. The contractor Tolent will then be leaving the site after Easter but its hoped they will get the Cafe contract so they can start work straight away
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Work Started today trying to get the giant steel work in for the Broadwalk bridge which will be lifted into place on Thursday. They managed to get the base fixed with little problems. But then the giant crane hit a snag it has a computer control which measures the wind speed and it would not let them lift as the wind speed was to high. They needed to lift the massive steel supports very high over the trees in order to lower it into place but by 3 o'clock they still couldn't do it due to high wind speed. I have know doubt they lifted it in the end but we watch for several ours as they kept trying only to be defeated by the computer and weather. More reports tomorrow
Picture the new massive steel structure on site on Friday ready for installation on Monday
Another milestone in the multi-million pound restoration of Crewe’s Queens Park takes place next week with the installation of its grandest bridge.
Following this week’s positioning of the Burma Star Bridge, Thursday (March 25) will see the 40-metre Broadwalk bridge hoisted into place over the Coronation Walk dip.
The structure, which is six metres wide, will span the steep incline to improve access between the two halves of the park.
A giant crane will lift the arches in four separate pieces and install them on a huge steel central support.
The bridge beams are constructed of sustainable ekki hardwood, a longer-lasting timber which reduces the pressures of logging on the forests of the world.
Self-preserving and with self-repairing properties, its timbers can only be machined as the wood is too tough to work with hand tools.
The new structure is the latest development in the Heritage Lottery-funded £6.5m restoration of the 45-acre park, which will eventually house five impressive bridges.
Councillor Andrew Knowles, Cabinet member with responsibility for health and wellbeing, said: “The lifting into place of the Burma Star Bridge was a sight to behold and I am sure the Broadwalk installation will be just as spectacular.
“The new bridge will be a very impressive structure and will be particularly welcomed by people with pushchairs and wheelchair users, who will no longer be forced to negotiate the steep incline.
We were then shown Broad walk and the band stand. Most of the path is full of heavy
machinery and work has been done on the main bridge which will span the valley to
Coronation Walk. The heavy wooden bridge will be supported by a large arch and
this time it will be level with steps on one side and a disabled ramp on the other
so people can get to Coronation Walk. It will all be replanted.
The big hill that lead down to the Coronation Walk and bird house. Taken 7/10/2008
The path down to the band stand and the bird houses has been removed but again new footings are in ready
The last of the footing for the Broad walk has now been done ready for the new bridge
Broadwalk Bridge 30th march 2010
The Island planting near Tipkinder is now complete and the gardeners will be moving onto the other Islands to prepare them for planting
The second section of the bridge is in and they are putting the decking on. The rest of the section are being put on hold until Tuesday as the strong winds are giving problems with the crane
Saturday, April 17, 2010