Formally hired by the board of directors at Sunny Brae Golf Course to start the process for purchase of this bridge and the request to move to NRHP. IT WILL TAKE SOME TIME. But this time we have some time to prepare. Nels Raynor will be doing the structural analysis and scope of work and another engineer I Iowa Marv Houg will address how we get those golf carts across.....Not to worry, they say asking to photograph and visit the bridge will be fine, we are Iowans after all.
It won't happen til 2014 for the schedule of removal from the river to happen. And maybe there will be other offers. Perseverance will provide those answers.
I've canoed under the Gilliece Bridge many times, and portaged around the Sunny Brae pontoon bridge quite a few times as well. I can see the need for new approaches and abutments, since the bowstring will have to be raised a few feet above where the pontoon bridge moorings are.
I look forward to seeing the Gilliece Bridge in place at Sunny Brae. It will be a nice addition to the scenic golf course.
How about a Workin' Bridges golf outing? ;^D
Still waiting for the board at Sunny Brae to check our references. Then the county has to market the bridge. We intend to put in a letter of intent. Iowa has a programmatic agreement regarding bowstrings that must be followed.
We feel that our technical expertise and the fact that the pontoon bridge has been recommended to not be an obstacle in the river, that Sunny Brae will likely be the next location for this span. Lot of work between now and Fall 2014 to make this happen. New abutments, approaches will have to be designed and built, the span needs work too.
We are on it.
So what's the scoop? Is this bridge going to replace the seasonal pontoon bridge at Sunny Brae GCC, or not?
anybody want this bridge? going, going, going to parts. And before you all hate me, we have tried to find another location or/interested party for this bridge. The county will only fund the take off, not the dismantle and it won't fit on our site. It does, however, have parts that we need, and rather than see two bridges, bowstrings no-less, go when we can build one good one that was our inclination. For the McIntyre Bowstring there would have to be some refabrication but we should be able to utilize eye-bars, floor beams and all of the lateral and diagonal bracing with some modifications.
Give me your ideas on this topic or find another buyer. We would be happy to give someone an estimate as to cost for the full project. The sooner the better so it might have some hope of staying on the National Register for the new owner.
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The Section 106 process precludes the ability to keep the Gilliece Bowstring Bridge on the Historic Register because we don't have the time or knowledge of where it might be moved in order to appease the SHPO or Keeper of the National Register. Therefore, our interested party status, is not in the re-use of this bridge. It is doomed. The cost of putting it at Millgrove Access would be prohibitive because of new piers at $60,000 plus the repairs to the bridge, disassembly, reassembly, etc. We would however like the parts that we can use to help cobble together the repairs of our bowstring. This would include the verticle posts of star iron, the lateral and diagonal bracing, some of the stringers and floorbeams and the planks.
I am very sorry to have to come to this conclusion. Any ideas are welcome but I am sending in our conclusions this week to IaDOT.
Even Better; Workin' Bridges has been asked to be a consulting partner in the Section 106 process for this bowstring. Randy Faber of IaDOT historic bridges was adamant that we be asked and they are in the archaeology phase for this bridge. Should be another learning experience for us and I look forward to it.
the bridge keeps getting banged up by too tall vehicles, but in this case there really isn't another viable route. Advocating keeping it in place and building new downstream, moving to another location for reuse, but never just scrapping as they did with the Turkey and Upper Bluffton.
Gilliece Bridge. Would you like to buy it. We have the right to pick this bridge when the county replaces it within a year. It should be a fun one to figure out the new USe for.
hah! what do I think of this!!
A bridge with the same name (exact spelling and all) as mine.