Category: Construction Photography

Progress of the Downtown Span of the Ohio River Bridges Project.

This group of images shows the progress of the Downtown Span of the Ohio River Bridges Project. The bridge deck is nearing completion as the Ironworker’s Structural Gang and Cable Stay Gangs extend the bridge decks on all three towers toward one another. It won’t be long until all the structural steel and cables are in place and the bridge will be one piece from shore to shore.

Panorama of The Ohio River Bridges Project Downtown Span at sunup.
Panorama of The Ohio River Bridges Project Downtown Span at sunup.

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The Ohio River Bridges Project Downtown Span at sunup #2
The Ohio River Bridges Project Downtown Span at sunup #2

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The Ohio River Bridges Project Downtown Span at sunup
The Ohio River Bridges Project Downtown Span at sunup.

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Panorama of The Ohio River Bridges Project Downtown Span at sunup. #4
Panorama of The Ohio River Bridges Project Downtown Span at sunup. #4

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The Ohio River Bridges Project Downtown Span at sunup from Waterfront Park.
The Ohio River Bridges Project Downtown Span at sunup from Waterfront Park.

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Panorama of The Ohio River Bridges Project Downtown Span at sunup. onOne Perfect B&W Version
Panorama of The Ohio River Bridges Project Downtown Span at sunup. onOne Perfect B&W Version

For this final panorama I decided to convert the scene to black and white simply to see what effect it would have on the image when compared to the color images.

 

R.I.P. Chris Bixenman 1958-2015

Following his heroic fight with prostate cancer Chris Bixenman passed away August 20, 2015. Dixon-Rogers Funeral Home in Magnolia KY is in charge of the arrangements.

Chris Bixenman and his wolf hybrid Montana.#1
Chris Bixenman and his wolf hybrid Montana at work on the Ohio River Bridges Project in Louisville Kentucky July 2, 2014
Chris Bixenman and his wolf hybrid Montana.
Wherever you see the Bixenman Equipment Repair truck you’ll see Chris and his wolf hybrid Montana.
Chris Bixenman and his wolf hybrid Montana.
Chris Bixenman and his wolf hybrid Montana.
Chris Bixenman and his wolf hybrid Montana.#2
Chris Bixenman and his wolf hybrid Montana.#2

Surveyors William Moylan and Garran Wesseman

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In this photo William Moylan is working with Garran Wesseman who is standing on the right hand end of a side girder on Tower Three of the Downtown Span of the Ohio River Bridges Project. This was the first section of the downtown span that was attached to Tower Three and marked another milestone in the construction timeline. After this section was placed all three towers were supporting sections of the new bridge.

The surveyors continuously monitor the placement of the bridge components in order to make sure that the bridge is staying true to the design specifications. Their survey equipment is all electronic and communicates the measurements to the surveyors and engineers in real time so that the decisions they make are accurate.

William Moylan talks with his partner Garren Wesseman as they measure the placement of the side girder and road girders of the downtown span.
William Moylan talks with his partner Garran Wesseman as they measure the placement of the side girder and road girders of the downtown span.

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William Moylan at work.
William Moylan at work.

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Cutting a stay cable for the downtown span of the Ohio River Bridges Project in Louisville, KY. B&W Version

Ironworkers At Work On The Ohio River Bridges Project Downtown Span

Several HDR and B&W photos from the Ohio River Bridges Project and the Ironworkers at work adding another section to the Downtown Span.

Duck’s Nest on Tower Five

Duck’s Nest made from scrap tie wire pieces on the Ohio River Bridges Project Tower Five.

Progress being made on the Downtown Span of the Ohio River Bridges Project as seen from the eastern tower of Tower Three.

High Above the Ohio River

High above the Ohio River you can see the scope of the work on the Downtown Span of the Ohio River Bridges Project in Louisville, KY.

Pile driving crew placing a piling section for welding before driving further into the earth. #3

Pile Drivers Working at Preston and Jefferson Streets

Pile driving crew placing a piling section for welding before driving further into the earth. #4
Pile driving crew placing a piling section for welding before driving further into the earth. #4

Most of  these images are of the pile drivers working at Preston and Jefferson Streets as they rebuild Spaghetti Junction in Louisville, KY. These guys drive seventy feet long H-beams into the earth to support the foundation for the retaining walls and bridge abutments of the roadway for the Ohio River Bridges Project.

Most of these images of pile drivers working are HDR images created using a three frame bracket set of +2, 0 and -2 EV exposures. They were merged in NIK HDR Efex Pro 2 and then finished using Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop CS5. The light was pretty flat the day I was shooting these photos. Using HDR techniques allowed me to capture the scenes and reveal the details and textures that might have otherwise escaped capture in a single exposure.