The project began in early August, 2009 and has a completion date of July 30, 2010. The winning bid was $505,604 made by Daniels Construction, Ascutney, Vermont. The engineering estimate of cost was $863,215.
For details on the condition of the bridge and the work to be done, click here on VAOT Historic Covered Bridge Committee Notes.
Photos and commentary by Ray Hitchcock, Vermont Covered Bridge Society Area Bridge Watch.
View of the east portal and downstream side of the bridge.
A view of the work-site up Williams Road from Route 103.
Inserting the "I-beam" system that will support the bridge while it is undergoing structural renovation.
Saftey gear - what the best dressed bridge-watcher should wear.
NE portal. The wire basket in the right foreground is used to construct retaining walls.
Secondary wall construction.
Wall construction at the NE portal.
Preparing to construct retaining walls on the riverbank.
Work on the superstructure has begun with the stripping of the siding to expose work to be done. This detail shows the posts added to strenghten the trusses lacking secondary upper chords.
New dry hydrant installed.
Crooked primary lower chord and peculiar member between the bottom chords under the westerly portal.
New retainer wall.
Ramp, SW portal.
View of the south or downstream truss. Note the ramp structure at the west portal, an unusual feature among Vermont's covered bridges. Note the sistering in the truss. Note bottom chord.
Hi! Exciting to see the crew working on the Worrall bridge today. Met some of the crew and as I had my safety gear on was invited on to the bridge.
There appears to be a leak in the roof about 10 feet in from the west portal and about a foot out from the lattice. I enclose a picture of a good sized puddle from a light mist and rain today. The roof was supposed to be ok?
The decking has been cut up and they were in the process or removing that and the floor beams. Interesting OSHA approved halters and safety winches that they were using.
Wood should be arriving in about two months. The construction crew thought that it would take until then to set the bridge up and do the dismantling needed. Wood is being taken to a special site or processing area as it contains creosote.
The cribbing to hold the ibeam scaffolding up is temporary and they plan to support the structure from the footings with 12" I-beams. The bridge is self supporting right now.
I will try to stop by at least once a week.
Moving scaffolding beam.
Nail-lam decking cut for removal.
Floor beam removal.
Roof leak evidence.
A view of the scaffolding system. The bridge will be suspended by the upper chords.
Temporary scaffolding supports to be replaced by timber cribbing.
Today, the crew is working on staging. Seem to be connecting bottom and top cross pieces with steel rods.
Dan Hull, the engineer on site, is super safety conscious. I had safety gear on but was instructed to get no closer than where these shots were taken.
Today, the crew is working on staging.
Note the hand work on the end of this floor beam.
Wood has been delivered and the rotten/damaged pieces have been removed. The crew is ready to begin putting the bridge back together.
They have jacked the roof up off the lattices and strapped it to the scaffolding to hold it in place. This to have access to the wood nails (trunnels). They are working on modifying a jack hammer to drive the trunnels which should be interesting if it works. They were getting boiled linseed oil today.
Butch Colby is the new on-site engineer, Peter Baker is the Crew Foreman and Alan Davis is the Daniels company Supervisor. Other crew members that have worked on the bridge are working on some short term projects: Ken Vanderberg, Brad Black, & Jim Hoadley. Apparently Rockingham hired them to make repairs to the Bartonsville bridge.
I was impressed with the work site. It looked very safe and was well picked up.
Damaged Lattice member to be epoxied
Downstream truss (Peter Baker)
Looking south east
Beams from old free way
Shoring roof up off trusses and strapping in place
Holding roof in place
Looking west, I-beam support at portal
South east chord and latice members to be replaced
Left, Peter Baker; center, Alan Davis: right, Butch Colby
Crew all gone today and no sign of recent activity. I assume the crew is working on other projects as they have plenty of materials and equipment on site.
They have made good progress on replacing chord and lattice fabric. I am wanting to see the new hydraulic trunnel driver but was at Portsmouth grand kid sitting last week.
Again I am pleased to see a well picked up work site.
This crew is very welcoming and take the time to bring you up to date on their activities.
New lattice members in the down stream truss.
Upstream side with scaffolding.
I visited the Worrall bridge today and the Daniel's Construction crew is hard at it. The glulam chord beams have been delivered.
The Lattice has been repaired and they have a full crew on site. They had replaced the upper lower chord on the downstream side.
The engineer on site felt that it would be no problem getting it up and running by the end of July.
Worrall upper lower chord.
Worrall west portal work.
A five person crew was there and I talked with Engineer Dan Hull and Supervisor Alan Davis. They were making some measurements having to do with setting the bridge down in place. I believe they have to order some materials that may take a month to arrive.
The crew was aware of the pictures on the web site and Dan asked for a picture of the original lower chord showing the wave rather than the nice new nice camber. I sent it to him. I need to get an after shot before the siding goes back on.
The bridge looks some better with a natural camber and all the pieces of the lattice back together. They have a ramp set up to move the floor beams back in place.
I couldn't help but notice that while looking up I could see sky in a couple of places. I know that the roof is relatively new and is not part of the project but it bears looking at.
Its fun to compare the challenges of repairing an old bridge verses building a replica.
Beams at west portal.
Inside, down stream, lower chord camber.
Measuring for lowering.
West portal ramp.
A visit to Worral showed that they have reinstalled the wood cribbing so that they can remove the steel support beams.
Also the old bridge shows off its revitalized camber. With the scaffolding in place I can't replicate the original shot of the exposed downstream chord which showed its more variable nature.
Dan Hull advised me that they would start residing the bridge on Tuesday so thought I should get the attached shots.
Inside, down stream, lower chord camber.
Upstream Chord from West Portal.
Downstream Lower Chord Camber.
The siding was on and it appears that they were preparing to stain it.
There was a Guy in a white jump suit setting up. It could be that they were preparing to spray on fire retardent. I didn't have safety equipment so I took a quick shot and beat it
The siding is on.
The bridge has been let back down onto the abutments and they are getting ready to take out the I-beam system that the bridge had been
Back down onto the abutments, NW corner
Back down onto the abutments
Downstream from west portal
Upstream from west portal
I was away when the bridge was completed but I assume it was before the end of July - which was the deadline. I drove across the bridge on August 5th and was all smiles.
I noted that the fire alarm was not yet installed but the wiring for it had been started. The alarm and adjacent dry hydrant should be good insurance from the ever present firebugs.
One picture shows a close up of the lattice. One piece is the original and the other is the replacement for an old one.
I think the old bridge looks great and in addition the site cleanup, approach railings, etc. add a lot to the bridge's appearance.
West portal with new ramp guard rails.
West portal approach.
New lattice members contrasted with original fabric.
East portal approach.
A view of the new siding contrasted with original siding on the east portal.
Back in business.