a bridge to somewhere.....

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by powg, Jan 7, 2011.

  1. powg

    powg New Member

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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
     
  2. Benning Boy

    Benning Boy New Member

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    How deep? This might be challenging.
     

  3. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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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?
     
  4. freefall

    freefall New Member

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

    powg New Member

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    bridge

    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.
     
  6. powg

    powg New Member

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    bridge

    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.
     
  7. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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

    powg New Member

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    steel container!

    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 ?
     
  9. powg

    powg New Member

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    steel cont.

    or keep the floor sell the 2 sides and top for 400.00 ea ....have a free bridge !
     
  10. dog2000tj

    dog2000tj New Member

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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.
     
  11. jca1

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    Find a local mobile home dealer and ask about scrap mobile homes. If you can find a old burnt up singlewide or anything like that the frame will make a sweet bridge.