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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!

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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

On the Road – the Olympic Discovery Trail

Our PAPA TV series On the Road, now has another episode. It is the Olympic Discovery TrailĀ that highlights the hiker biker trail from Blyn, Washington, the home of the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe and the start of the North Olympic Marathon to the Port Angeles Waterfront Trail the finish of the marathon.

We have multiple stops along the way including, the Jimmy Come Lately restored estuary, Sequim Bay State Park, the Johnson Creek trestle, the John Wayne Marina, City of Sequim, Railroad Bridge Park and the Dungeness River Audubon Center, Robin Hill Park, the hilly section of the Bagley Creek ravine, the beautiful Morse Creek trestle, as the well as the incredible Port Angeles Waterfront Trail.

So enjoy a 30-minute trip along the trail and make your own plans to ‘discover’ the North Olympic Peninsula’s Olympic Discovery Trail!