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Sanatorium Covered Bridge Rehabilitation

This page contains pictures of the Sanatorium Covered Bridge from July 2006 to September 2008. Use the quick links to see pictures from a specific month.

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July 2006

   
 

July 31st

   
  July 31st  These pictures were taken on July 31, 2006.  They show the state of the Sanatorium Covered Bridge prior to the reconstruction.  The bridge has been closed for a number of years and has fallen into disrepair.  The bridge is supported by cribbing on the east and west ends due to a broken arch on the south side of the bridge.  The floor of the bridge is warped and many of the posts are also in need of replacement. 

The first picture is of the west end of the bridge.

   
 

   
  July 31st  This picture was taken from the east end of the bridge.
   
 

   
  July 31st  The east end of the bridge is supported by cribbing.
   
 

   
  July 31st  The broken arch on the west end of the bridge is supported by a stack of timbers.
   
 

   
 

   
  July 31st  This is the north side of the bridge.
   
 

   
  July 31st  Some of the damage on the north side of the bridge..
   
 

   
 

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August 2008

   
 

August 2nd

   
  August 2nd   The reconstruction project began on July 30, 2008.  The project began by removing trees in the right-of-way so the work crews could reach the bridge.  The construction crew found damage which required temporary supports to the frame.  The crew then began removal of the siding and roofing.
   
 

   
  August 2nd  This picture shows the north arch after the siding was removed.
   
 

   
  August 2nd Picture of the south arch with the siding removed.
   
 

   
  August 2nd  Temporary supports have been added to some posts on the south side of the bridge.
   
 

   
  August 2nd  Close up of some of the timber damage.
   
 

   
  August 2nd  Additional supports have been added to the east end of the bridge.
   
 

   
  August 2nd  Supports holding up the west end of the bridge.
   
 

   
  August 2nd  North side with siding removed.
   
 

   
  August 2nd  South side of the bridge with siding removed.
   
 

   
   
  August 2nd  The Sanatorium Covered Bridge is being moved approximately 1 mile north to replace the Adams Covered Bridge which was destroyed by a tornado. A ford was placed in the creek after the covered bridge was destroyed. The ford is only accessible when Little Raccoon Creek is running low.
   
 

   
  August 2nd  The abutments remain from the Adams Covered Bridge.  The abutments will be rebuilt before the Sanatorium bridge is placed on the abutments.  This picture is of the east abutment.
   
 

   
  August 2nd  This picture was taken from the east abutment facing the west abutment.
   
 

   
  August 2nd  This is a close up of the west abutment..
   
 

   
  August 2nd  This picture was taken from the west abutment facing the east abutment.
   
 

   
 

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August 10th

   
  August 10th   The roof and siding have been removed from the bridge.  The work crew is removing weight so the bridge can be moved from its abutments to solid ground.
   
 

   
 

   
 

   
  August 10th  The roof rafters will be left on to add support for the bridge during its move.  The pictures also shows the wavy uneven floor.  The floor will be replaced..
   
 

   
 

   
  August 10th  Vandals ruined one of the good posts by removing a section of the post.  The post will have to be replaced at a cost of over $1,500.
   
 

   
 

   
  August 10th  North side of the bridge with the siding removed.
   
 

   
  August 10th  Additional supports have been added to the bridge.
   
 

   
 

   
 

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August 24th

   
  August 24th   The Sanatorium Covered Bridge has been lifted off of its original abutments and set on a frame in a field.  The timbers will be labeled and disassembled for transport to the new bridge location.
   
 

   
 

   
 

   
 

   
  August 24th  Here are examples of the damaged timbers on the bridge.
   
 

   
 

   
  August 24th  The temporary road was build so the bridge could be moved to the field.
   
 

   
  August 24th  The abutments after the bridge was removed.
   
 

   
 

   
  August 24th  At the new bridge site the old abutments have been removed.  Dirt work is being performed so the new abutments can be constructed on a firm foundation.
   
 

   
 

   
 

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September 2008

   
 

September 7th

   
  September 7th   The bridge has been disassembled and is ready to be moved to the new bridge location.
   
 

   
  September 7th  The king posts have removed from the bridge.  The good and bad posts are being moved.  The old posts are needed as templates so new posts can be cut to the original specifications.
   
 

   
  September 7th  The lower cords are the only timbers remaining on the frame.
   
 

   
  September 7th  The cross supports are stacked and ready to be moved.
   
 

   
  September 7th  More timbers ready to be moved.
   
 

   
  September 7th  Every timber and board was labeled before it was removed.  This will allow them to be placed in the same location when the bridge is reassembled.
   
 

   
  September 7th  The old road and abutment was removed from the west side of the creek.
   
 

   
  September 7th  These pictures show the damage to the lower cords of the bridge.
   
 

   
 

   
 

   
 

   
  September 7th  More damaged timbers.
   
 

   
 

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September 25th

   
  September 25th   The bridge has been moved to the new bridge site.  New timbers have arrived and they are being cut to replace the damaged timbers.  The lower cords of the bridge are being laid on a frame to set the arch of the floor.
   
 

   
  September 25th  The original timbers are being used as the templates for the new timbers.
   
 

   
 

   
  September 25th  Some of the timbers that have been cut to replace damaged timbers.
   
 

   
  September 25th  New timbers waiting to be cut.
   
 

   
  September 25th  The lower cords of the bridge have been laid on the bridge frame.  The bridge frame is used to set the proper alignment of the bridge.
   
 

   
 

   
 

   
 

   
  September 25th  This pile consists of damaged timbers that have been replaced.
   
 

   
  September 25th  Frames are being constructed for the new abutments.  Concrete will be poured in the frames.
   
 

   
  September 25th  Rebar is being used to strength the abutments.
   
 

   
 

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