This steelworker is cutting sheet pile. Unlike the Super "H" piles which are driven down to bedrock and form the base of the bridge piers on the Innerbelt project, sheet pile is used to hold back earth in areas that may become unstable.
Sheet pile stacked near bluffs overlooking Pier 10 construction of Westbound bridge
The super " H " piles used here are the largest ever used for a project of this nature. When construction is finished, 20 miles of piling will have been used for the new Westbound bridge.
A forest of " H " piles seems to rise from the site of the old Marathon gas station adjacent to the fireman's museum. As each pile is welded to the length before it, the pile driver hammers it down towards bedrock. At this location that point is 200 - 225" deep.
November 4, 2011 - Both legs and the center top cap of Pier 9 are now fully visible. This is the first major above ground structure of the West bound bridge to be nearly complete. Small decorative indentations called "reveals" can be seen at the top of the pier.
Driving along Canal Road you can see what 50+ years of weather have done to the piers of the current Innerbelt bridge.
The Lorain Carnegie Bridge (Hope Memorial) lands on the east bank quite close to where the new West bound bridge will touch down. Here the early morning light is washing across its white columns.
Rebar is critical for adding strength to the poured concrete. Much of it is assembled on the concrete pier pads and in the legs. But a lot of it is also "woven" on the ground prior to insertion in the forms. The steelworkers can work with the rebar anywhere. But having room to work on the ground is safer and much faster in some instances.
After the necessary rebar patterns have been assembled on their frames, cranes lift them into place. The steelworkers then wire them together and attach then to the pier legs.
This view is from the west bank slope near the former site of Cleveland Cold Storage. It was taken on November 21. Just left of center you can see the two legs that will comprise Pier #5. The Norfolk & Southern rail trestle is at the left.
I watched in fascination as the McKee Sons bulk carrier was pulled backwards by a river tug. Two welders did their work as the bow swung closer and closer to their scaffolding.