Connecting the Wachusett Community with Trails and Greenways
January 2004 Activities
Construction of the Quag bridge abutment has started Rip rap to be used for filling the eroded areas.
Two weeks ago, UEL Contractors of Fitchburg installed hay bales and silt fence around the work areas, and the Sterling Conservation Commission's agent approved them, giving us the green light to proceed with the construction of the bridge abutments. Monday, 12 January, UEL moved its equipment in and leveled an approach route to the north abutment. On 13 January, they dug the square hole and placed four Jersey barriers in it to form the based for the new north abutment. Next, if the weather is not impossible (these guys are rugged!), they will back fill around the Jersey barriers and cover them with insulating covering, move their equipment to the Gates Road end of the trail, set matting, fill and rip-rap into two eroded grooves down opposite sides of the causeway, then begin the job of setting four more Jersey barriers for the south abutment. - Ed Yaglou
UEL Construction laid jersey barrier units on the south western side of the Sterling, MA rail trail bridge-1-21-2004. These concrete units will serve as foundations for the bridge footings. Due to the bitter cold, pouring of concrete will have to wait until the temperature reaches about 40 degrees.
Jersey barriers installation completed on January 22, 2004. As soon as the temperature reaches 40 degrees or so, the bridge concrete foot pads will be poured on both sides of the bridge area. The two bridge sections will be placed on these concrete pads.
Ed Yaglou, Len Andersen and Pam Harding inspecting the Springdale Mill River Walk for the Holden Conservation Commission for final approval of the project, January, 2004