Redoubt students bridge gaps on field trip

Posted: Friday, April 29, 2005

The fifth-graders at Redoubt Elementary have been reading about the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge and studying the different kinds of bridges around the country.

As part of a reading and math project, they are going to be building model bridges in the classroom.

To prepare for the project, Monte Roberts took our class on a field trip to the temporary bridge going up across the Kenai River. Chuck Swenor, Marcus Forkner and Jason Lamoreaux of the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, as well as Rob Cunningham of Wilder Construction, went out of their way to make this field trip a huge success.

They fenced off a viewing area for the students and answered a variety of questions dealing with numbers, materials, cost and construction.

Did you know that some of those pilings are driven 32 feet into the ground, and that the temporary bridge is much stronger than the existing bridge? Wilder Construction provided the kids with ear plugs to wear while they sketched the new bridge. They even handed out T-shirts to the kids as they got back on the bus.

Thanks again to everyone at DOT and Wilder Construction for making this a great trip.

John Mills

Redoubt Elementary

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