The project began November 2008 and has a completion date of October 30, 2009. The winning bid was $1,085,869.93 made by Alpine Construction of of Schylerville, New York. The bid includes the temporary bridge (see the Engineering Study).
The Hutchins Covered Bridge in January, quiet and very cold. Unseen under the snow, the abutments for the planned bypass Baily Bridge are ready when work begins in the spring.
A view of the interior through the east portal
The current activity is preparing the site for work on the bridge superstructure (everything above the abutments).
View of south portal
A concrete form is being built by the west abutment like the one to the right. These will serve as supports for the scaffolding that will suspend the bridge while the trusses are worked on. These pads will be removed when the reconstruction is complete.
A view of the south, or upstream side of the bridge. Notice the horizontal siding. I suspect this was installed to protect the siding against ice and flotsam when the South Branch of the Trout River is in flood.
A view of the north side of the bridge. There is no horizontal siding on this, the downstream side. Notice the stone work in the left foreground, part of the remains of the mill once active here.
June 3 - The concrete work is complete, our temporary steel structure has been installed underneath the covered bridge and now supports it. The Mabey bridge (similar to a Baily bridge) was launched into place beside it a few weeks ago and the detour is open to traffic. We are the traffic because there is only one seasonal home on the other side of the bridge.
Cable x-bracing was installed inside:
The old siding which was dryrotted and unsalvagable has been removed. The green steel beams are gone, as is the old deck. We'll be lifting the old girl a little over a foot for our own access in order to reach the future curb nuts underneath.
In your photos of the upstream side, notice a few of the remaining horizontal timbers sticking out perpendicular to the bridge. These were bolted through the lower chords with old rods, ogee washers, and square nuts which went to the local historical society. I was told they supported an exterior walkway and that there are pics around that show it. I haven't seen the pics, but will send them if I run across them.
Thanks for detailing our progress on the reconstruction.
Hutchins Bridge east portal and the Mabey bridge.
Rotted east end-post and chordend at east end of the south truss.
Rotted end-post and choerd end at the east end of the north truss.
Cable x-bracing is installed inside to take the 8-inch rack out of the east end of the bridge.
Rotted secondary upper chord in the south truss.
Rotted upper chords near the middle of the south truss, the price of not maintaining the roofing.
July 5th progress:
Detail - Rotted Upper Chords, South, or Upstream Truss.
Detail - Rotted Upper Chords, South, or Upstream Truss.
Lower Chord Repair - South Chord, East End.
Upper Chord Repair, Interior View, South Chord.
Abutment Detail, Under West Portal.
Rotted Upper Chords, South, or Upstream Truss.
Lower Chord Repair - Nouth Chord, East End.
Lattice member replacemenr - North Truss
View through the Bridge from the East.
August 13 - Work on the Hutchins Bridge truss's is mostly complete except for the upper chords, which await a shipment of "trunnels." The abutment facewalls have been cast and cured while the forms and re-bar for the back and wingwalls are being readied at both portals.
Hutchins Bridge East Portal. The Jewett Brothers signature end-posts are shown here. The post on the left has been replaced due to extensive rot. The original fabric of the post on the right has been kept, the rotted lower half replaced by splicing. The end posts at the west end of the trusses have been repaired in a like manner.
Abutment and lower chord repair detail at east portal.
Completion of repairs to rotted upper chords on the upstream truss wait for a shipment of trunnels.
A view of another section of rotted upper chords on the south truss.
A view of the upper chords at the west end of the upstream truss.
West portal view showing the forms for back and wing-walls under construction.
West end view of the replaced outside members of the upper chords of the south, or upstream truss. Note the original fabric at the west end and center of the span.
East end view of the replaced outside member of the upper chords of the south, or upstream truss.
Detail view of replaced upper chords on the south truss.
Detail view of the replaced upper chord at the west end of the south truss.
A view of the west portal. The backwall and wingwalls are cast, cured, and backfilled. Note the replaced north side end post and the repaired south side end post. That is a new bolster beam in the right foreground.
Interior view from the west end.
Inside view of the south truss upper chords. Note that only the outside members of the upper chords required replacement. The interior members remain as original fabric.
Outside view of repairs to the south truss from the east end.
East portal backwall and wingwalls cast and cured.
View of the north truss. Photographing the ongoing work on this side of the bridge is difficult due to the scaffolding, terrain, and thick vegetation.
October 5, 2009 - The work site is a very busy place today as preparations begin to send away the heavy equipment. The temporary bridge has been removed from the site and the abutments prepared for it taken down or covered. The work on the bridge superstructure nears completion.
The sheathing on the east portal is nearly complete.
The sheathing is complete on the north, or downstream side of the bridge. The nailers are in place for the sheathing of the west portal.
A "through-the-bridge view" from the west portal. Note the new barrier timbers installed to protect the trusses from vehicles. The new flooring is laid with quarter-inch gaps between planks.
Inside view of the south, or upstream truss. Much of the original fabric is retained (the dark timber).
Inside view of the north, or downstream truss.
View of the upstream side from the east approach. The temporary bridge is removed giving a clear view of the bridge.
October 12, 2009 - Things are really coming together at the work site this Monday morning. The sheathing has been completed and the portals have been prepped for the white paint characterizing all of Montgomery's Jewett Brother bridges.
Meanwhile work goes on clearing the site of construction material and equipment.
The east portal sheathing has received its undercoat. The final coat will be white, as are all of Montgomery's Jewett bridges.
A veiw of the south side. The concrete pilings in the stream bed are temporary, cast there to support the steel scaffolding used in the renovation.
West portal sheathing is complete and has received the first coat of base paint.
A view of the north, or downstream side, of the west abutments and east bedding timber.
October 29, 2009 - It's Thursday, cloudy and threatening rain, the final day of the project. The last of the heavy equipment is moving out after completing the installation of new guard rails, leaving Alpine people to smooth the ground around the new posts.
Now, the newly renovated bridge stands clean behind park-like landscaping, ready for the first passage of the visiting public — myself.
The signs are back over the east portal - "Hutchins 1883" - and "Lattice Type Bridge Built by the Jewett Bros."
A veiw of the west portal.
Maestro Jim Ligon of Alpine Construction. With this job finished he will soon be starting the work in Williamsville.
Ready for final inspection.