Geo. Cooke & Sons (of Mpls, MN)
USING THE NEW BRIDGE Great Northern Track Revision About Completed. f id* Been in Progress Two Years When the Great Northern Oriental Limited ea&tbound passed over the hiidge at Albeni Kalis this aiternoon, the bridge which has done service since the: road was built sixteen years ago was abandoned and the new bridge placed in -t- rv ice. For over two years the work of track levision lias been going on at this place, and with the connecting up of the track ;tt both ends of the new bridge, which Has done after the passing of No. 2 to■ to■ tay the work is practically completed. In order to make this revision several tin lid red yards of rock cut were made, also a fill three-quarters of a mile long, which required nearly a million yards of dirt. By this revision sharp curves are j eliminated, the track shortened and; j cades cut down. (ieorge Cooke Sons, of Minneapolis, ! had the contract for the building of the piers for the new bridge. Their work should have been completed before high water last year, but owing to the diffi eulty of securing good foundations for the piers they did not complete their i contract until last fall. For several months the steel workers have been busv putting up the huge steel structure and the first trains passed over it today. The new bridge is located about 100 yards up stream from the old one, which was directly oyer the falls. The new bridge is 1080 feet long, having five spans of 200 feet each and one of 80 feet. The piers and abutments are of concrete. Lhe stringers are 42 feet above low water i mark. Coming onto the bridge from the east there is a stretch of over a mile of straight track west, on which there formerly formerly were four curyes. The elimination elimination of these curves will make a considerable considerable saving of time and wear and tear on equipment, which will make the track revision a paying investment. It is estimated that the building of the new bridge and consequent track revision revision have cost the Great Northern a million and a half dollars. The old bridge will be taken down by the company company as soon as a contract can be let for wrecking it. There has been some talk of Bonner county acquiring the bridge to convert it into a Aagon bridge, and the matter should l>e placed before the county commissioners, as the Great Northern people would doubtless put a low figure on it if it could be utilized for j public benefit. Supt. L. \t. Bowen, of Spokane, has tieen in Newport today, superintending i the work of connecting the new bridge i and tracks. 1 ' j morni j !