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Old 04-06-2021, 08:55 AM   #1
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We kicked around a ton of ideas about a crossing that will last and yet be cost effective. By a complete stroke of luck I was speaking to a friend from high school and he just happens to manage a trucking company for another fella we went to school with and they had 2 decommissioned flatbeds on the yard that I COULD HAVE FOR FREE!

That alone saved a projected 3000.00 off the project, I contacted another friend that runs hotshot work and 900.00 later and extremely overweight and over length 40ft trailer and dodge pickup rolled into the driveway a few days later.(we paid the yard hands 200.00 to load them)

Once we got them unloaded which was more than a handful for a single JD tractor we started stripping them down the frame. Once stripped we could see all the issues and make a plan to fix them, today we plan on doing some welding repairs to some gussets and a good power washing followed by a heavy layer of Red Oxide paint on the first 53 footer!

Once both trailers are complete and in place that will form a bridge 16ft wide50ft long

For reference in this first picture is the crossing and those culverts are 36 inches tall. The plan is to install 6ft x 2ft x 2ft concrete bin blocks at a cost of 45.00 each (roughly 4000lbs each) an build footings on each end and in the middle building the whole crossing up 6 ft higher than it is and completely remove the current structure. The Southern side will be heavily armored with"Rip Rap" at a cost of 22.00 a yard.
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Old 04-06-2021, 08:59 AM   #2
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Nice!
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Old 04-06-2021, 08:59 AM   #3
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Yes they work great. I use one on a creek crossing. Need another for the north creek.
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Old 04-06-2021, 10:24 AM   #4
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Oh man I've been trying to get this done on the ranch we hunt and have a fairly interested landowner. I just haven't had the time to try and get materials sourced etc. I'm in for the finished pics
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Old 04-06-2021, 10:37 AM   #5
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Looking forward to seeing this progress
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Old 04-06-2021, 10:45 AM   #6
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Score!!
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Old 04-06-2021, 10:55 AM   #7
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Great project.
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Old 04-06-2021, 11:09 AM   #8
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They should work great. I have a railroad flt car across one here at the house.

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Old 04-06-2021, 11:16 AM   #9
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Wow...what a score! Those should surely do the job. Congrats.
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Old 04-06-2021, 11:17 AM   #10
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In for the finished project
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Old 04-06-2021, 02:48 PM   #11
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Awesome in for progress
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Old 04-06-2021, 03:38 PM   #12
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Been looking for a scrap trailer like that for a bridge myself. If you happen to run across another one, please let me know.
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Old 04-06-2021, 06:26 PM   #13
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Great idea Dale! Looking forward to seeing the finnished product.
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Old 04-11-2021, 07:56 AM   #14
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We were able to get a little more work done today, If you remember one trailer was in two pieces so we had to play with a puzzle and piece it back together as tightly as possible and weld up the joint. When playing with puzzle pieces that weigh TONS it makes things interesting but we were able to get it surprisingly tight! Andy jumped in and went to work and a few hours later we had a whole trailer.

While he was welding up that one I was giving the other a good coating of Red Oxide paint and cutting it down to 48ft so that both would be identical in length. Hope fully in the next few days we can get the connection plates welded to them so they can be anchor bolted to the Concrete bin blocks that will be used to elevate them.
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Old 04-11-2021, 10:58 AM   #15
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Been looking for a scrap trailer like that for a bridge myself. If you happen to run across another one, please let me know.

I sure will, they are fairly easy to get from RB but you will pay 2500 to 5000 for them , the good part it is its a complete road ready trailer all you would need is a semi truck to haul bring it to you.
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Old 04-11-2021, 12:34 PM   #16
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This is awesome, thanks for taking us along!
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Old 04-11-2021, 12:44 PM   #17
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Dale, is that you behind the hood?
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Old 04-11-2021, 01:04 PM   #18
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I’m following this, I am needing a bridge myself.
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Old 04-11-2021, 01:43 PM   #19
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wow
I would like to see the lucky machine that gets to put that into the low spot

if im doing it i would weld a temporary axle and tote it down then cut em off

Good luck, cool build
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Old 04-11-2021, 07:09 PM   #20
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Looking good
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Old 04-11-2021, 07:58 PM   #21
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Dale, is that you behind the hood?
No sir, that's my Son in Law
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Old 04-11-2021, 08:06 PM   #22
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A 16 foot wide bridge

From one over builder to another - this looks awesome.
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Old 04-11-2021, 08:11 PM   #23
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How are you going to set the bridge ?
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Old 04-11-2021, 08:20 PM   #24
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Just wonder-n.
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Old 04-12-2021, 07:09 AM   #25
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How are you going to set the bridge ?
Once all the Bin blocks are in and are level we are renting a 20 Ton crane to set each trailer then we will anchor bolt down and weld the center rub rails together.

The original plan was to bring in a big excavator and have them demo the old crossing, deepen the channel and place the trailers but DEQ said if we change the channel at all without Corp of Engineers approval there would be hell to pay along with moving more than an acre of dirt would also require DEQ approval and waste water permits, in all it would be 3 different governmental agencies involved.

So all we are allowed to do without them getting involved is demo the old workings down to the original stream bed and bring in rock and dirt from an outside source.

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Old 04-12-2021, 07:13 AM   #26
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Interesting build.
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Old 04-12-2021, 11:04 AM   #27
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This one will be fun to follow!
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Old 04-12-2021, 11:32 AM   #28
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Once all the Bin blocks are in and are level we are renting a 20 Ton crane to set each trailer then we will anchor bolt down and weld the center rub rails together.

The original plan was to bring in a big excavator and have them demo the old crossing, deepen the channel and place the trailers but DEQ said if we change the channel at all without Corp of Engineers approval there would be hell to pay along with moving more than an acre of dirt would also require DEQ approval and waste water permits, in all it would be 3 different governmental agencies involved.

So all we are allowed to do without them getting involved is demo the old workings down to the original stream bed and bring in rock and dirt from an outside source.
That original stream bed had to be 4' deeper than it is now...silt, erosion, etc.
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that original stream bed had to be 4' deeper than it is now...silt, erosion, etc.
yeap:d
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