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November 14, 2004
Edge girders in place (left) and X marks the spot (right) - Anyone know what the X is for? - (Next day) Well it seems that this sign and its superposition under the bridge deck is a large frank goof. I apparently took the photo of the bridge with the X lined up perfectly with the underside of the bridge. It was cold, the wind was blowing and I was simply not looking at what I was doing. Nice lesson though. Its the accidents and sponteneous events that often are more interesting than what I plan.

This is a view of the gap between the east approach and the east gap.

Hmm - an issue of overlaying the traffic X marker with the bridge underside - Interesting what a cold morning does to my thinking.

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