An ongoing adventure at Wason Pond

The adventure continues in Chester New Hampshire, the second truss is in process – Building community while building a Bridge.

Updates posted daily on the Chester Bridge Blog –

Post script;

Saturday marked the raising of the Upstream Truss and full assembly of the Bridge and the sheathing of its roof, Sunday also went swimmingly, (literally) with the rolling out over, then the removal of the falsework, (upstream pieces were tipped into the pond and floated by swimmers to shore) then came the lowering and final placement.

Barring a few trip-ups the nine day adventure was in every measure, a complete success. Two highly effective communities coming together to make much happen, and both the better for it.

Photos and an overview of the placement here –

I’ll be playing into framing out and trimming at least one Portal, I do want to see things through, and have come to see Portal trim as something of a feather in the cap, the job’s done now, kinda thing in bridge building. Chester chose some very New Hampshire detailing, with this bridge marking a return to Rockingham County for Covered Spans, I see this as immensely appropriate.

Photos to follow.


About Will Truax

I'm a timberframer and preservation carpenter, and regularly work on Covered Bridge restoration projects. Bridgewrighting can be a tough row to hoe, for a myriad of reasons. From scheduling issues to differing opinions and philosophies on what is appropriate in methods and materials, to multiple jurisdictions still not sufficiently vetting bidders resumes - Which is to say, just because a company is on that state approved list and capable of building that seven figure overpass, this does not mean they are capable of restoring a wooden bridge... So, I have much to say about all this and more - And despite my tough row observation, I promise not to whine. View all posts by Will Truax

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