Tropical Irony

A short blurb to bridge the gap.

There is more than a little irony to be found in this stunning reality…

In the just over six weeks time which has passed since The Timber Framers Guild’s Chester Bridge Project, two of the attendees who helped build a new wooden bridge in New Hampshire have happened upon and shared photographs of bridges lost to tropical storms in their home states.

Photo Katie Hill

Katherine “Katie” Hill, a Vermont structural engineer shared a photo of The Bower’s, a Tied Arch truss washed off its abutments in the aftermath of Irene.

Bruce Cowie a timberframer from Lancaster Pennsylvania shares a photo of the Siegrist’s Mill Bridge, a Burr Arch. This past weekend it was similarly washed out of place by Tropical Storm Lee.

Photo Bruce Cowie

There is hope that both will be returned to service.

Work on the "The House" continues and nears completion - Photo Darrell Quinn

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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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