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WV Bridges – Weekly Report – Apr 29-May 3, 2019

May 6, 2019

Volunteers this week included Doug Brake from New Martinsville, WV, Scott Smith from Lancaster, PA and David Speidel from Benton, MO.   We were delighted as well to have two West Virginia VOAD employees, Billy Frye and Kalob Kinder, join us each morning at the job site. Long term volunteers, Don and Rachel Horst served as Project Director, Office Manager and also as our Cook this week.

Billy, Kalob and Don did some preliminary work on the Burns Bridge the week before as this bridge presented some new challenges in that it is on a 45 degree skew.  Doug, Scott and Dave built rebar cages and forms for the footers.  When the forms were in place, pipe was driven to bedrock in preparation for placing the cages and pouring concrete.  Once the footers were ready, the steel beams were swung and half of the wooden decking installed.  Olive Burns was very grateful for the additional task the team tackled, that of clearing out fallen trees and limbs that were upstream from the bridge.

Highlight of the week was being able to get this much work done as we were dodging rain showers all week.  When the rain would stop and the birds were heard singing, we were reminded of our theme song, “This is the day that the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it”. Next week, we anticipate finishing the Burns Bridge and moving on to start on the Jerry Fisher Bridge.

The beauty of the trees fully leafing out and willing volunteers coming from various parts of the country, affirm how magnificent it is to serve our Lord in Wonderful Wild West Virginia.

Don & Rachel Horst