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Bridging the Eel River

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 11 November 2008 in Miscellaneous.

The old 'Redwood Highway' twisted along the granite faces above the Eel River - through north coastal California. The road is now almost completely high-speed four lane blacktop. This bridge will replace one of the few remaining 'old' sections. [series: two of four]

This is the soon-to-close north gap of the new bridge.

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dj.tigersprout from San Bruno, CA, United States

hey mate! :) wow -- excellent timing here with this shot! how much of a detour did you have to make to cross this chasm then? or did you not cross? you are a 'true' Californian -- even though you did not grow up (if i remember correctly)... you certainly drive across more of this state than anyone else i know! hats off to you!!

11 Nov 2008 5:39am

@dj.tigersprout: Hey, DJ - as you will soon see - on the old highway here, at a bend in the river. Hope you can 'stay tuned'...

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

It's a hard work indeed! Good complement to yesterday's

11 Nov 2008 6:23am

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Impressive shot of this works… Nice Point of View.

11 Nov 2008 8:14am

Anthony Lambert from Bielefeld, Germany

What a great building site.

11 Nov 2008 9:28am

yz from Budapest, Hungary

Interesting image of this interesting construction.

11 Nov 2008 11:04am

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

WOW FABULOUS, a real delight of a photo, gave me shivers lol

11 Nov 2008 11:09am

@Lorraine: I have a blanket in the car...

gbe from kansas city, United States

scares me just to look...great shot.

11 Nov 2008 1:30pm

MontereyJohn from Salinas, California, United States

The good news and the bad news, eh? :)

11 Nov 2008 1:51pm

@MontereyJohn: Through here - more bad - in my humble opinion. Charming, adventurous, beautiful, journey - yields to mindless driving.

Viewfinder from Bradenton, United States

Interesting shot.

11 Nov 2008 1:54pm

Walter from Watkinsville, United States

I could never build one of these things. Just too high with too much air between me and the ground.

12 Nov 2008 12:23am

@Walter: I'm the same way. I don't mind planes or a walk across the Golden Gate Bridge - but hate anything where I could fall - even a twelve foot ladder. I'll ride a (civilized) roller coaster- but keep me away from the Ferris wheel. Too damn shaky.

JJ from Jersey City, United States

always love seeing bridges being built, this is a wonderful capture of the construction, I also wouldt like to work building these, but have in my time climbed and built up to 300ft communications tower, not something I enjoyed but had to do

12 Nov 2008 2:19am

@JJ: Talk about rising to the occasion - good for you.

MontereyJohn from Salinas, California, United States

Ah, a friend of Uncle Bill. He saved my sorry life 24 years ago! does that make me an old timer???

12 Nov 2008 3:52am

@MontereyJohn: Hey, brother - some might suggest that. On the other hand, I subscribe to the notion that the oldest one in the room is the one that woke up earliest that morning.

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

It's a shame it's all changing, but I suppose that is just progress. Great shot!

12 Nov 2008 4:38am

One from Açores, Portugal

Very nice composition. What interesting method of work and engineering grade!

12 Nov 2008 5:27am

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

Looks incredibly dangerous.

12 Nov 2008 7:14pm