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Loxwood Bridge Construction - 2

Important.
The Loxwood Canal Bridge construction site is the responsibility of C J Thorne Co Ltd. The B2133 road is open for cars and light vans. Being a construction site there are hazards and for this reason the public not allowed on the site at any time. We seek your co-operation in this matter. The pedestrian walkway gives the best view of the works and there is nothing of the bridge that can be seen from anywhere else.

pile tops
The ground level is about where the water level will be i.e. 1.5m to the bed of the canal eventually. The piles on the left are the bridge wing wall and will only have a cap on them. the lower piles will have a cap on them and then either an in situ cast roof (soffit) or as it gets towards the road the pre-cast beams At this stage the Water (in blue) and BT (grey) are suspended from the I-beam. Rain overnight left the ground sticky. Some concrete is now being put in as blinding. Feb. 26, 2008
(Photo: Peter Savage)

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A view from the other side of the works. One curiosity,in a position some distance from the original bridge is evidence of a brick wall. We know it is original because there are no frogs in the bricks and there is lime mortar. Any ideas what it may be?
(Photo: Peter Savage)

Excavations for bridge
The excavations on Saturday, Feb 23, 2008. Note the end of the retaining wall on the right which was built in 2006.
(Photo: Richard Crook)

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A view from the temporary footbridge looking east. Sat. Feb 23, 2008.
(Photo: Richard Crook)

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The work site viewed from the front of Riverview Cottage looking north. Note how the line of the road has been moved to the left. The temporary footbridge is centre right in the picture. Feb 23, 2008
(Photo: Richard Crook)

two rows of piles
The piles to the right have now been cut down to the required level for the sloping wing walls. Further towards the road the piles have been cut down lower (the concrete so far, the steel will also have to be reduced) so that the capping beam, the pre stressed beams and the road construction can go on the top.
(Photo: Eric Walker)

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The piles being shortened by a pneumatic drill mounted on a mini digger.
(Photo: Janet Phillips)

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The piles were made to ground level and now have to be shortened to follow the profile of the new retaining walls.
(Photo: Janet Phillips)

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The tops of the piles have been exposed and the concrete at the top broken away.
(Photo: Jim Phillips)

panoramic view
A panoramic view showing the excavations alongside the two rows of piles.
(Photo: Eric Walker)

pile tops
The tops of the piles have been exposed and the concrete at the top broken away.
(Photo: Eric Walker)

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Another view showing the exposed tops of the piles. The traffic has been re-routed to the west of the original road.
(Photo: Eric Walker)

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