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About Peo and Skanska

Peo Halvarsson (superintendent of the main and back spans) and Wade Watson (the overall big boss) have opened many doors for me. Here are some of Peo in action - a wonderful demonstration of a hands-on boss. This was the day for installing the floor panels over the girders joining the east and west main spans. Here, Peo is explaining something to Jack, one of the iron workers that bolted up the north splice plate.

Peo inspecting

Building a complex bridge is more than following the recipe described in the blueprints. It is people intensive and involves many two-way discussions between the players in this drama.

Moving the bridge around with hydraulic jacks. Peo looking down at the bearing (in his brown jacket)

July 9, 2005: Opening the bridge to foot traffic.
Peo is a working supervisor and here is making last minute adjustments

Sometimes, though, Peo needs a bit of encouragement - here from Matthew

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