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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Plainfield's "bridge to nowhere" nears completion

Workmen begin to install railings on new footbridge.

This view shows how much more substantial the new bridge is.

The concrete breastwork was faced with fieldstone before the
span was put in place.

"bridge to nowhere" taking shape in Plainfield's Green Brook Park is nearing completion, as can be seen from the photos above.

Workmen on the site told me Wednesday afternoon that the new footbridge is expected to be completed next week. You can read my previous post on the project here.

The new footbirdge replaces the much less substantial
one washed away in a flood a few years ago.

As you can see by comparing the new bridge to the photo above, this one is much more substantial than the one washed away in a flood sometime after 2009.

What was mysterious when the work on the new bridge began was the width of the concrete breastwork that was poured, then later faced with fieldstone.

It is now apparent that the breastwork is designed to withstand the occasional flooding much better than the original footbridge. In addition to the flood-resistant breastwork, the bridge is much higher from the water and much more substantial.

The "nowhere" it goes to is not really nowhere, but the lower -- and less used -- portion of the North Plainfield side of the park.

Perhaps the new access will encourage more activity on the large open area.

More soccer fields, anyone?

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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