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Oshkosh Drawbridge 2011 .

Oshkosh Drawbridge 2011

October 2011, Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Work is underway to replace the former CNW drawbridge.

We were shopping in Oshkosh on a blustery 39 degree day on October 20th,
and I went to the bridge site to record some of the work.

It sounds like it will take some scheduling to get the work done and not interfere with the boating season. It's something like a 3 year job.

There's a barge and crane upstream of the bridge.

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A barge and small tow boat are downstream (east) of the bridge.
I didn't notice until later how well the tracks will line up with the new bridge.
It will be located over this barge, and line up well with the tracks along the city street in the distance.

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Looks like a soil testing truck on the barge.
I suppose there will be test borings of the riverbed.
Then maybe installing temporary cofferdams so foundation work can start.

I don't envy them for this kind of work on a windy river on a rainy gray day.

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There's more cranes and construction barges stored northeast of the bridge.

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A southbound CN train came through.

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A CN safety coordinator watches the area
and blows a horn before trains come through
so the construction crew is warned.

The CN has donated considerable money to the city for a historical marker about the 110-year old bridge.
It's nice they plan ahead.
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Here's my aerial pictures from 2009, Oshkosh bridge and ice
and you should use BACK to return here, rather than the link to the index on that old page.

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Link back to my index page, Bruce's RailRoad Pictures

( the index page is now on the TrainWeb site, as of January 2011. And I will have to also keep the Next Generation index up-to-date also )

This page was filmed and wrote in October, 2011