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Ward bridge scour Protection project

The Ward Bridge crosses the Dungeness River near the intersection of Woodcock and Ward roads, near Sequim, Washington. Woodcock road was closed on June 17th to began the repair work to the three concrete piers that support the bridge as well as refurbishing the wooden superstructure. October 5th saw the refurbished bridge open once again.

Spirit Vision Films was there throughout the project, documenting with our drones, cinema, time lapse, and still cameras. The four-month project included interviews with Clallam County project manager, engineer, habitat biologist, along with the construction foreman of Bruch and Bruch Construction of Port Angeles, Washington.

We really enjoyed working with the county and construction crews in the scenic Sequim-Dungeness Valley throughout the summer construction season.

Hope you enjoy!

Ward Bridge Restoration project august update

It has now been two months since Bruch and Bruch, the contractors hired by Clallam County shut-down the Ward bridge across the Dungeness River at Woodcock road and began the pillar or pier restoration of the old wooden bridge originally built in 1934 and rebuilt again in 1977.

The in-water work started July 15th and had to be completed by the 15th of August. The contractor completed the in-water portion of the project on August 10th …. with five days to spare!

A walking trail is being installed on both sides of the river for easier access by the public to the river. A large area owned by Clallam County at the intersection of Ward and Woodcock roads is being filled, graded, and will enlarge parking along the bridge for those who want to cool off in the river on those hot summer days.

Next week the grinding of the entire bridge deck, the forming of the eastern concrete approach, and the eventual paving of the entire bridge will bring this bridge back to its original condition and will be good for another 40 or 50 years. Hopefully by early October the bridge will once again be open to traffic.

Below are some of the images shot while documenting this bridge repair.

All the work areas had to be swept for fish prior to the repair on each pier. Over 500 young salmon, trout, lampreys, and bullheads were removed or herded from the work areas to safety along the river bank.

Forming concrete approach at west end of bridge.
Excavators working on Pier D to uncover cracks in concrete and reinforce with heavy rock.
County habitat biologists seining work area for fish, prior to repair.
Habitat biologists electro-stunning fish to remove them from work area.
Diversion of main channel for work on Pier C.
Bridge worker cleaning pier prior to inserting with epoxy and cement.
Using plastic, four large water pumps, and super sacks, the contractor kept the Dungeness out of the work area at Pier C.
Super sacks removed from river after in-water repair work is finished on August 10th.

Ward Bridge restoration project update

Spirit Vision Films will begin filming and documenting the progress of the Ward Bridge Restoration project by local contractor Bruch and Bruch Construction of Port Angeles, Washington, starting on June 17th, 2019. They will be working for the Clallam County Road Department to restore this county bridge.

The contractor has asked that the road closure be pushed up to June 17th because of the time element involved in setting up the project’s in-water work and fish window permit that starts on July 15th through August 15th. This is a very short 30-day period to complete the repair of the supports that span the Dungeness River.

They will begin creating access roads on either side of bridge prior to doing the in-water work in July, giving them a head start when the fish window appears.

Spirit Vision Films will be on hand documenting the closure of the bridge through the opening of the repaired bridge, that will include fresh asphalt paving in late September.

We will give video updates throughout the repair as we did with the reconstruction of the McDonald Creek Bridge last year. You can see that project here https://vimeo.com/270272547.

Stay tuned!

Ward Bridge Restoration Project

Spirit Vision Films will once again be working with the Clallam County Road Department to document a bridge restoration project in the Sequim Dungeness Valley.

Beginning in late June, the Ward Bridge (named for its proximity to the Ward road) on Woodcock road where it transverses the Dungeness River, will be closed for repairs to its concrete footings.

Bruch and Bruch Construction will undertake the highly elaborate and delicate repair of the concrete footings in the river. After decades of high-flow winter flooding along the Dungeness, the footings have sustained damage that will be addressed in this repair. Along with the in-water work, the bridge deck will be ground and resurfaced with a hot asphalt mix.

Because of the work done in the river itself, the contractor will have to divert the river and de-water the areas around the three footings that support the bridge.

It has taken nearly three years to acquire the necessary permitting and the in-water work has to be done in a very narrow ‘fish window,’ starting July 15th and ending August 15th.

The late June closure gives the contractor time to build access roads to the river’s edge (but not in the river), so that when the fish window is open they can place ‘super sacks’ in the river to divert the water around the work areas and move the salmon smolts within the work area into the diverted channel that will also allow returning salmon to pass safely through the work area.

The road closure will occur at the intersection of Town and Woodcock roads and at the Ward and Woodcock roads intersection. The project is slated to be completed by September 1st.

Spirit Vision Films will be using time-lapse, ground and aerial videography, as well as still imagery to document this project from closure of the road thru the repair, and eventual re-opening of the bridge. This long-term project will be exciting and we are looking forward to the challenge of capturing the essence of how intricate and detailed projects like this can be.

Stay tuned!

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The Ward Bridge

New Addition – DJI Phantom 4 Pro v2.0

Spirit Vision Films welcomes the latest addition to our aerial videography and photography stable – the new DJI Phantom 4 Pro v2.0. – SPIRIT FOUR.

Our latest UAV or drone allows for more time in the air, as well as a quieter presence while flying. It has the ability (like our other Phantom 4 Pro) to film in 4K. This is four times the resolution of full high definition (HD) – 1080p, delivering the highest quality color, sharpness, and clarity to your finished product.

This adds one more tool to our arsenal of professional quality film cameras and flying platforms to give you, our clients, the best quality films and videos, when shopping for aerial or ground-based video production on the North Olympic Peninsula and western Washington.

Christopher Enges, owner and producer of Spirit Vision Films holds a Part 107 FAA commercial UAS remote pilot’s certificate, which is required of all UAV operators who use drones in creating videos and films commercially. Our UAVs and business are fully insured for your protection with a million dollar coverage package.

Some of our recent clients include, the City of Port Angeles, Clallam County DCD, Clallam County Road Dept., the City of Sequim, Peninsula College, Washington Water Trust, Clallam Conservation District, the Jamestown S’Klallam tribe, Kitsap County Public Works, PAPA TV in Port Angeles, along with several real estate firms and private individuals that have used our services.

Give us a call today for your free estimate of our services. We guarantee your satisfaction!

McDonald Creek Bridge Replacement Project

The Old Olympic Highway at the McDonald Creek Bridge was closed on July 10th, 2017 for a complete replacement of the earthquake prone and functionally obsolete bridge built in 1957.

Spirit Vision Films was contracted to document the progress of the bridge deconstruction and the new bridge’s construction by the Orion Marine Group, awarded to them by the Clallam County Road Department.

Whereas, working with the City of Port Angeles, we produced a video for them in 14 days, the Clallam County bridge project lasted nearly 10 month.

The final video is made up of mostly aerial clips that we flew around the project, but we used a time-lapse GoPro, and our Canon cinema camera to capture the progression as well.

But today both the bridge and the video are complete and we at SVF’s could not be happier!

If you have never seen a bridge being constructed, this video is for you! Watch from the very beginning until the bridge’s dedication on April 28th, to the opening three days later on May 1st, 2018.

We hope you enjoy it!

 

February Update Video for the McDonald Creek Bridge Project

Orion Marine Group continues to move along on the McDonald Creek Bridge replacement project with the pouring of the concrete bridge deck. Check out the progress that has occurred since the last update.

Completion of the project is projected to be around mid-March, weather depending.

 

2017 In Retrospect

We would like to thank the Lord for opening so many doors that provided so many blessings to Spirit Vision Films this last year.

We would also like to thank our many clients for the opportunity to serve them with our videography products. Thank you so much!

Last winter we worked with multiple agencies to create the Off-Channel Reservoir Project, a compelling video highlighting the need for an off-channel reservoir next to the Dungeness River to help the City of Sequim with storm run-off, the farmers using the river to irrigate summer crops, and the returning late summer salmon that depend on the river to spawn. These agencies include:

  • Clallam County
  • City of Sequim
  • Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe
  • Washington Water Trust
  • Dungeness Water User’s Association
  • Clallam Conservation District

We helped with the Taste of the Peninsula for the third year in a row, creating a video focusing on what the Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County had done throughout the year.

Then working in association with Peninsula Area Public Access TV (PAPA TV) of Port Angeles, we created the first episode of the On the Road series … the New Dungeness Light Station. 

We then followed that episode with one created by PAPA TV’s Patric Mcinnes and his Skill Center’s videography class, named the Port Angeles Underground.

Our third episode in the series was completed in late August by Spirit Vision Films and highlighted the Olympic Discovery Trail from the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe to the Port Angeles Waterfront trail.

Spirit Vision Films is currently working on the fourth episode, Olympic National Park, Lake Crescent and the Sol Duc River Valley. It is near complete and should be aired this month.

Along the way we also created four videos featuring high-end real estate land, homes, and rentals here on the North Olympic Peninsula.

Also, working for the City of Port Angeles who contracted with PAPA to create eight videos showing the residents of Port Angeles how the city is working for them. Spirit Vision Films created two of the eight:

  • Public Works Winter Readiness
  • Port Angeles Fire Department and Operation Candy Cane

We also contributed aerial footage to several organizations including:

  • Peninsula College’s Pirates Soccer video.
  • Quileute Tribe’s Move to Higher Ground film.
  • We edited Kitsap County’s the Bucklin Hill Bridge Project, which received an award for their work on that project.

Finally, contracted by Clallam County Road Department, we started the long term McDonald Creek Bridge Project in July of last year, documenting the de-construction and re-construction of this long-awaited and needed bridge project on the Old Olympic Highway. The finished video and bridge should be completed by March of this year.

Without the Lord’s help, none of this would have been possible. Thank you so much!

And again, to all our clients who trusted Spirit Vision Film with their video needs, thank you! It was a very good year!

We are looking forward to what will come our way this year and to continue to serve our clients with support, creative abilities, and integrity for their video and photographic needs!