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Rehabilitation Bids Are In on Hamden Covered Bridge
May 1, 2000
The bids were opened for the
rehabilitation of the Hamden Covered Bridge (Delaware County, New York) this afternoon. The
apparent low bidder is W. (Bill) L. Kline - the contractor who previously completed our work on
the Downsville Covered Bridge. His bid was $558,000. We're pleased that we have a contractor
that we have confidence in and a working relationship with. His price, while not small, seems fair,
since competing covered bridge contractors are apparently busy.
The work should get underway
in June and is to be completed by the end of November. Phil Pierce
Hamden Covered Bridge NOT For Sale, Says Phil Pierce
Source of rumor found.
Date: Thu, 13 Apr 2000
To: Richard Roy
Subject: False info at Hamden
Cc: Joe Nelson, Richard Wilson
Wayne Marshfield warned me this morning that erroneous info was circulating about the Hamden
Covered Bridge. After much digging, I found that our invitation to bidders advertisement had a
mistake in it - I accept full responsibility.
The bridge is not for sale. The bridge is
to be rehabilitated according to my efforts of this past several months. We have alerted all those
who initially received the invitation. I'm sorry for the mess up - I make mistakes like everyone
else. Please share with any/all others.
Date: Wed, 12 Apr 2000
To: Dick Wilson
Cc: Joe Nelson
Subject: Re: Hamden Bridge
[In answer to your inquiry . . .] The construction contract for the Hamden bridge is out for bid
now - bids due on May 2nd. The work includes replacement of the bottom chords which are in
rough shape. The top chords are to be retained, unless deterioration is discovered during the
work. Some of the posts and a few
diagonals are broken and are being replaced. The floor is to be completely replaced. The lateral
bracing (tie beams and knee-braces) are being replaced with a much stronger system to avoid
(hopefully) the previous problems that led to the installation of a pile bent which was added back
in the 50s. The bent is being removed to restore the bridge to its original single span. The
outside "elephant ears" are being buried, never again to be resurrected, I hope. The laid up stone
abutments are being retained, but the existing concrete caps are shot and are being replaced.
New steel sheet piling is being installed as scour protection around the old abutments (this was
necessary in order to retain the old abutments), but will not be very visable when completed. The
roofing and siding will be completely replaced. The project is to be completed this season.
The facts, as crisply as I could offer them. Phil
The Hamden Bridge was built in 1859 by Robert Murray. It spans the West Branch
of the Delaware River. Robert Murray constructed the bridge with a Long Truss, Patented by
Stephen Long in 1830. The bridge is 125 ft. long in a single span, but a pier was put in the center
if the bridge in the early 1940's. Dick Wilson
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