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Old 01-08-2011, 02:03 AM   #1
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i hope to gain some knowledge from the good people in this forum.i have got to build a bridge on my deer lease to gain access ...we had a big culvert ....worked just fine ...but do to eco reg.culverts now are a no -no .i want to know the most checkbook friendly way to span 25 ft .needs to be 6 ft wide, mainly for atv ,but able to support a small tractor + implements + my fat butt and a cooler full of miller light when food plot time comes .thanks

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Old 01-08-2011, 02:09 AM   #2
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How deep? This might be challenging.

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Well, unless you are good at designing trusses or bowstring arches, a simple pole bridge would be your best bet. Utility poles come in 3 standard sizes- 30 foot being shortest. 3 of those 3 feet apart, decked across with 8 feet 2x4s, simple, not an elegant solution but hard to screw up. But have you priced lumber lately- and will the tree huggers allow you to bridge if culvert is a no-no?

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Up here Fish & Game loves bridges but hates culverts. Maybe on old flatbed trailer?

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yes we can build a bridge ...i was thinking about using poles too.we may have access to old trailer house ...use the i-beams from frame ...or buy a junk flatbed/gooseneck trailer cut neck and axles off.

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we leased from a paper comp ...then it was sold to an insurance/ diversification group .john hancock .i dont understand ...culverts arent eco friendly but clear cutting 500 acres of 100-200 yr hardwoods in a creek bottom that feeds the sabine river ..(.which is a major river here in east tx ) is eco friendly?get this the hardwoods are going to a pallet mill ...pallets to be sent to china to be loaded with their junky s-it to sell to us.

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Get a steel cargo container and cut the doors off and end out. Covered bridge.

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that is cool ....if cut at every angle id would have 4 30ft bridges ...heavy floor for tractor crossing .2 sides and top could be used to span other creeks for atv only ?

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or keep the floor sell the 2 sides and top for 400.00 ea ....have a free bridge !

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If you look around the classifieds you can probably find some steel I-beams, or the idea posted earlier - take an old worn out trailer and salvage the support beams from that.

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