Raising The Bridge
LG Barcus & Sons, our KCK-based construction company, raised the bridge 3.5 feet in June. They used the same gears that Grandpa Barcus installed shortly after the Great Flood of ‘51 – even though they’ve been dormant for over 50 years. The bottom of the structure is now above the new levee height, which is being raised by the US Army Corps.
Watch the raise on a stop-action video below, courtesy of P-Tn.
A High Honor
The Rock Island Bridge was invited to join the High Line Network. Initiated by the High Line Park in New York City, the Network is a working think tank among North America's top "infrastructure reuse" projects.
There were two aspects of our project that caught the Network's attention: the idea of treating a bridge "like land," and the barn-raising approach with participation among the public, private, philanthropic, and corporate sectors...all pulling together to achieve what none could achieve alone. This is a high honor for our team and we're the first project in Kansas to be invited to join.