Tatamagouche Area Trails Association group meets at 7:00 PM on the first Tuesday of each month at the new Tatamagouche Library conference room, and are always seeking new membership in our group.
Fellow Trail Enthusiasts,
Reporting from the Northumberland shore on Tuesday evening, I have just returned from an inspecion of the on-going repari on the French River bridge in Tatamagouche. I have include two pictures showing the west pier as it appeared Friday evening and now. Drilling the existing pier and epoxying in the rebar for anchoring the repair and supporting the plywood forms was a big job, pretty well completed in the first picture. Much more obvious in the second picture is the installation of hardware and forms, with the rebar grid in place behindthem. The opposite side of the pier is similarly equipped, and we are looking forward to the pouring of concrete in the not-too-distant future. Current low tides are about 6:00 am and pm, so the crew is taking advantage of the two day-lit low tides each day. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me, Bob Gould, Treasurer, Tatamagouche Area Trails Association.
Fellow Trail Enthusiasts,
About noon today, Thursday, I visited the French River bridge in Tatamagouche and took the the following pictures. Forms have been removed and the crew was removing the anchor fittings so the holes could be grouted and smoothing out a couple of minor blemishes with a trowel.
Picture Bridge 20 shows the eastern face of the pier repair in good light, the western face was in shadow, but the western pier, the worse of the two, is just about completed. As soon as this is done, the floating work just about completed.
As soon as this is done, the floating work platforms and form materials will be relocated to the eastern pier. A good job by Terry Heighton Contracting!
Robert Gould, Treasurer, Tatamagouche Area Trails Association
Hello Fellow Trail Enthusiasts,
today, Sunday, I visited the French River Bridge around noon, near the low tide. As expected, nobody was working on Sunday, but some progress has been made since my last visit, with some of the re-enforcing rebar in place behind the anchor brackets. The falling tide has left the floating scaffolding a big hung-uo on the rebar anchors, but this is apperently not a big problem to return to normal (happened before on the west pier).
When you drive your ATV down King Street to Patterson Wharf, you can turn left up a gravelled ramp with signage and ample space to stop at the top and verify the trail is clear before pulling out. Or, you can turn right and clamber up the old trail that has been manicured with mulch and is overgrowing with bushes - yep, there's always one. Til next report, Bob Gould, Treasurer, Tatamagouche Area Trails Association.
I have just returned from the French River Bridge Tuesday morning with a few more pictures. Work is progressing steadily with four people on-site and the floats disentangled from the rebar.
Sunday Oct 3, 2010
the forms have been removed and the form anchor holes grouted over, completing the repair of all three piers on the French River bridge at the west end of Tatamagouche. The contractor, T & E Heighton removed the forms on Thursday and cleaned up the last of his equipment Friday. I would like to thank all of you for your support in this project- it certainly is a relief to have it completed and feel confident about the upcoming winter season.
Robert Gould, Treasurer
November 2009 TATA Newsletter
I hope this letter finds everyone well. I’m very pleased to inform you that the bridge is now completed and the contractors have moved on. Some of us were thinking that they might never finish - the weeks the cold wet weather & high tides slowed down the finish process. All in all, believe the job went well, finished in a reasonable amount of time, and hopefully with no cost over runs.
Within the next couple of weeks there will be a press release which will thank the funding contributors as well as give the current status of the bridge. Next year two more piers will need to be repaired. Hopefully this will go a lot smoother. The engineering study is not required and this will save a lot of time. Also, all of the information required for funding applications is ready to go.
Hopefully, next year’s work can start a couple of months earlier. The two piers requiring work are situated closer to the river edge where the water is shallower, allowing for more work time between tides.
Just recently, we received two final installments on grants putting some cash back into our account. This will allow us to continue with construction of the trail. We hope to have contractors doing some ditching, gravelling & grading on the section between Nelson Park and the Bayhead Crossing right away. We also plan to have all the signposts & signs installed right away in preparation for the upcoming snowmobiling season.
You might have noticed new guardrails on either side of the bridge at
I hope that everyone notices that the brush that had been lying on the sides of the trail for several weeks is now gone. Thanks to Kelly Tattrie of Malagash for providing his chipper. Two loads of class A gravel with crusher dust was dumped, spread and rolled behind the Train Station Inn. Our thought on this was to put it down and watch it over the winter, spring and next summer to see how it stands up. If it works well, some of the most used sections of the trail through Tatamagouche may be covered with this material over the next few years.
Special thanks to Bob Gould for the great pictures and informative updates through out the French River Bridge Repair project.
I guess that’s all the news I have for now, so happy trails everyone and feel free to come to our next meeting – held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, 7:00 p.m. at the Tatamagouche (Tattrie’s) Shell,