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September 12, 2004:

10th added Anchor to the west platform, 2nd set of hurricane cables added to the west platform. (Try to catch the light on a very cloudy day! Otherwise, its impossible to see the cables.)

Main Span

West Pylon: Note new hurricane cables (left)

East Pylon

September 12, 2004: A foggy morning bike ride

West approach

East approach east gap

West Approach:

Addition of the last three cable anchors on the approach pier.

East Approach:

Building the cap

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