Alas, progress on the bridge. The picture above shows the crane placing the second truss after the first one was set and braced. The pond is low now as you can see with the worker standing on the floating center portion. Water at the high mark of the year can and often does go beyond the lower level of the bridge. We could see how level the end posts were when it was rising by the water level at each end.
Getting the crane in was not an easy task even though some of the trees and vegetation had been removed. Once in, however, the operator did a masterful job with extending the hydraulic boom out and placing the trusses.
This picture shows the two trusses in place. Angle braces on the outriggers stabilize the trusses. The tops are spanned by 4X6 pressure treated lumber. A welder attached the shoes (foreground) on one end. The shoe at the other is not fixed so it can have some movement while being restrained by specially designed brackets.
This starts the final stage of cross bracing above and below, attaching railing, and connecting the bridge ends to the paths. There is a lot to accomplish but this is probably the biggest hurdle we had to overcome. Our thanks to a local bridge contractor that provided the certified welder and three other crew members plus another commercial contractor who provided additional manpower. What a difference a day made.