The muscles.

This weekend was full of blood, sweat, and tears (of joy). This was the weekend we completed the frame for the Ardmore bridge.

Friday, September 16, 2023.  Time: 1:00pm. 

CDs for Singleton Park are on pause. We needed all hands on deck to complete the bridge by Sunday afternoon. It was crucial to divide and conquer to meet the deadline for this Wednesday’s upcoming installation.


What was our game plan you might ask:

Saturday-  morning shift, and afternoon shift. Sunday– everyone until 2pm.

Friday, September 16, 2023.  Time: 3:37pm. 

While pondering our plan we decided it wasn’t giving. We wanted to try to finish by Saturday, so we could at least have 1 day off. We decided we are staying up all night. The goal? To get both portions of the bridge set up and ready to weld on Saturday morning.

placing the railings on the first section of the bridge
double checking the spacing on the bridge.
william scott welding
Saturday, September 17, 2023.  Time: 12:30am. ZZZzzz

After hours of welding, measuring, and bolting, it was time to call it a night.


Saturday, September 17, 2023.  Time: 8:00am.  Time to get this bridge done. 

As the morning crew arrived, we completed setting up the frame. Although the frame wasn’t completed done Friday night, we were satisfied with all we got done. All that was left was to stick the rods in, and level the railings.

Saturday, September 17, 2023.  Time: 10:30am.  “Wait.. i think we might be done?”

Placing the steel rods was the next task.

pro tip: the mallet works better when used on its side.
another pro tip: don’t stand too close to someone (especially Mia) when they are swinging a mallet. (praying for William’s knee)

As we finished the rods and placed the railings, we then realized, the bracing wasn’t level on the second bridge. This was frustrating for all of us, as we had to go back through and loosen all of the bolts to shift the bracing as close to perfect as we could get it.  While welding and grinding happened on the first portion of the bridge, the rest of us worked on shifting the bracing on the second portion.

Saturday, September 17, 2023.  Time: 2:00pm.  Here comes the afternoon crew. 

Not being in the afternoon shift, I left. The only tasks that were left were welding and shifting bracing.

Saturday, September 17, 2023.  Time: 5:45pm.  The bridge is complete.

20 hours ahead of schedule, we finished the bridge. Everyone came back to help move the bridge to the parking lot. 


to get the bridge through the doors, we had to tilt it upright and wheel it to the lot.



what a sight



Big shoutout to Staci Knighton and Maddi Riester for their patience and guidance through this process!!!!! We couldn’t have done it without you!

Now… we celebrate.

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