|Sunset from Prescott Park|
|A great grey afternoon at Willy's with the Bridge's center span going up behind us|
|The old bridge floating out to sea (well, Quincy, MA where she was scrapped out)|
|Something's missing in the heart of Portsmouth! You can see Badger's Island Marina on the left with the shrinkwrapped boat under the bridge.|
At 9am Tuesday this week was first major event of the bridge rebuilding - the float-in of the southern span. We'd watched the span being built up river and it was very cool to see it all come together and then yesterday morning it was floated down river to be placed on the new concrete pilings. They had 40 minutes and 1/4 of an inch in which to operate. Tugs from Moran, the US Navy and the Coast Guard were all deployed out in the river. Once again the whole city lined the shoreline in Prescott Park, and lucky us, we made fresh coffee, walked to the end of our dock and had a front row seat for history in the making!
|This is the bridge coming down river, that barge in the foreground is fixed in the river to assist in the building process|
|Here it is moving through the navigable channel that's still open for traffic - HUGE 200' tankers go through there, it's quite a sight!|
|Being pushed into place by the tugs|
|A helicopter circled above helping the tugs site the barge carrying the bridge|
|A picture taken from the helicopter courtesy of Archer Western Contractors|
|The new Portsmouth skyline|
And just like that the skyline of Portsmouth is forever changed, again. Our view of Portsmouth is forever changed and we're all one step closer to once again being able to walk over the bridge into downtown Portsmouth. Life at the marina in the winter can be challenging but it's times like this that we feel privileged to be where we are - it's exactly where we are meant to be!
**If you are geeky and fascinated by these engineering marvels like we are, check out the Memorial Bridge Project Page - lots of great info, photos & schematics of the future bridge**