New Elwha River bridge dwarfs men who build it

PORT ANGELES — This must be Paul Bunyan’s work.

The tiny men atop the 85-foot concrete columns on the banks of the Elwha River couldn’t have built these mammoth structures.

Could they?

A visit to the construction site for the new Elwha River Road bridge is to suffer a serious dislocation in the scale with which we perceive things made by humans.

In about a year, a two-lane span for motor vehicles will cross the Elwha canyon with a footbridge slung beneath it to carry hikers and cyclists on the Olympic Discovery Trail.

Until then, crews for Parsons RCI of Sumner will perform a giant’s balancing act.

Beginning at each of the towers on each shore, they’ll build one section of bridge deck into thin air toward the land.

They’ll repeat the cantilevering process with a balancing section of deck over the water, then one toward the land again, then another over the water.

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