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I live in a gated community, we have 2 wooden vehicle bridges. Super Bowl Sunday, someone crashed into the railing on one.

The end post got snapped, and all the consecutive railing posts were canted about 2 inches over. About a 40' bridge, could be shorter?

I was asked to bid on it.
Never done work on a bridge before. This should be interesting.

I've casually crawled all over the bridge out of curiosity and it looks very sound, damage appears to be isolated to the one handrail/rub rail. Tomorrow I'll "officially" look it over.

Praying this goes well, would like to have a bridge in my portfolio.
 

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Yes, I'm mildly concerned about liability.

If I build back to original specs, and mirror the design of the original. I would still be 100% liable for any issue. I touched it, I own it.

The bridge is over a drainage marsh, and about 3ft off the ground at the highest point.

I think it's as basic as it gets, I need to check and see how far I'm covered with this sort of carpentry.
 

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Interesting point, about the "crush zone?" thing.

This is a low speed area with a 25mph posted limit. I think deflection is more the name of the game here.

In my opinion the rub rail was MISSING, because it was installed up at 4ft.
And the bridge deck has a 6x10? looking beam as a "curb" running the length.

I think there should have been a rub rail installed at the mid point between curb and top rail.

The current damage was done because the vehicle's bumper hooked/collided with a vertical post.
Had there been a rub rail this bridge might not have been damaged, and the vehicle would have just suffered a nasty scrape.
 

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It's on private property, and a fellow carpenter of mine just redid his bridge which is similar, about 3 yrs ago with no complications. He tore his out and rebuilt completely.

I'm going to talk to him this wk and get his take on the subject.
 

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And here is the over all shot.

I'm running a bid on fixing just this side, and then adding on an up graded bid that includes both sides.

Bridge is 20ft long

 

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So here is how it panned out.... for any one who was truly interested.


HOA contacts me and says "your 7% higher than the "other guy"

Me: :blink:
Okay and how would you like to proceed?

HOA:
There is a doctor in the house at the end who laid his own deck last year and has done some woodworking, he is going to fix the bridge for free.

Me:
:thumbsup: have fun with that, thank you for considering me.


Then:
Next day a HOA board member comes over and starts asking about what tools would be needed, states the "doctor" might need his help, and then just starts asking a bunch of general build questions.

Me: :rolleyes: :eek:
You guys politely cut me out of the build, sorry but I work for a living and if you need my help, I'll tell you where to deposit the check. :laughing:

(side note)
I'm renting here, if I was a property owner I would be more inclined to be neighborly and donate my time.


And as of this posting, bridge is still busted up. :whistling
 

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I'm a very optimistic guy and I hope things turn out well.
But I have a feeling they will hook a truck to the other end and try to jerk it straight, then throw in 1 new post.
The railing is racked over by a minimum of 2 inches.

If they don't do this right, the next vehicle to hit it will go right into the ditch with the railing.

But who am I to interfere?:wallbash:
 

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In my book there are only 2 ways to work.

Full price, or Free

Blurred lines lead to compromised relationships.

I'm sure this bridge scenario is a typical synopsis of something we have all dealt with.

Just another brick in the wall..........
 

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Allright,
The good doctor wasn't the man for the job, so a local fellow was called in.

Looks like he jerked the posts back to vertical and drilled in a few new lag bolts.
Never mind the increasing stress cracks..... I'm guessing the next hit will take the whole thing out.

installed 3 new boards, and a dozen or 2 more lags :rolleyes: not how I roll.




 
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