Crews drew a crowd as new Pelican pedestrian crossing placed over the waters
Showtime started about 10 a.m. on June 6, on both sides of the Pelican River west of downtown Pelican Rapids.
The placement of a 12,000 pound steel bridge turned out to be a spectator event.
“Rock stars” were an unlikely bunch, including crews from Egge Construction, Lyden and Meland concrete.
The Egges; Steve, Dan and Conor; were especially in the spotlight. In less than two hours, bridge was lifted and placed onto the abutments with precison–thanks to some fancy work by the Egges and their heavy equipment.
Working the shoreline were Blake Meland, Kenny Lyden, and crew members Mark St. John, Rudolfo “Scooby” Nava and Mayo Bernal.
It was probably more comparable to a sports event than a rock n’ roll show, in a sense, as the teams worked together to drop the tonnage in place. After the victory, there were mutual congratulations.
“The concrete and the footings really had to be spot-on for it to work as well as it did,” said Dan Egge. “Those guys (Lyden and Meland) did a great job…It all went to plan.”
All these guys are veterans of their crafts.
“They really did a good job measuring across the river,” he added, of Meland and Lyden. There isn’t much margin for error in pouring concrete fixtures for a six ton assembly of heavy metal.
The Egges date back to 1957 in the Pelican area, founded by the late Charles Egge. If it involves big rigs and earth moving equipment, the Egges have seen it all. “We’ve never really turned any work down,” said Dan. The Egge’s crew averages about 15 employe es, and the company books work in about a 50 mile radius.
As far as the spectators who gathered around the library grounds and the Veterans Memorial Park, the installation was a marvel.
But for the Egges, it seemed like, well, a piece of cake.
By 11:45 a.m., they were loading up for their departure. “On to something else,” said Dan Egge, with a casual shrug.
As for Meland and Lyden, they’ll be back to pour the concrete bed for the bridge, as well as the handicapped accessible ramps that will approach each side of the bridge.
Pedestrians and bicyclists will soon have an easy access from the city’s renovated parking lot to the library and the downtown business district above. Just in time for the Pelican Fest summer celebration June 28-29.