Your Connectivity Update


WE’RE BACK ON SITE HERE AT THE MEGGISON BRIDGE. YOU AND I WERE OUT HERE A FEW WEEKS AGO, AND
YOU CHATTED ABOUT THE PROCESS. UM, JUST LOOKING BEHIND US HERE, IT APPEARS
THAT QUITE A FEW THINGS HAVE CHANGED OVER THE PAST FEW WEEKS. YOU WANT TO SHARE A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHAT’S
TAKEN PLACE? ABSOLUTELY. IT WAS REALLY EXCITING. WE HAD MOVED IT OVER TO THE SIDE OF THE ROAD,
WE HAD JACKED IT UP TO ITS FINAL POSITION, WITH THE HYDRAULIC LIFTS. IT TOOK ONLY ABOUT SIX MINUTES TO ACTUALLY
ROLL IT OUT INTO ITS FINAL PLACE WHERE THEY WIND IT UP. IT WAS PRETTY NEAT, AND YOU AND I HAD A GOOD
TIME TALKING ABOUT HOW LONG IT WAS GOING TO TAKE TO ACTUALLY PULL THAT BRIDGE ACROSS. AND I’M PRETTY SURE YOU WON THE BET BETWEEN
US THAT, IT GOT DONE A LOT QUICKER THAN I WAS ANTICIPATING. SO. I WAS A LITTLE SURPRISED TO COME OUT ON TOP
OVER ALL THE ENGINEERS. THAT’S FOR CERTAIN. (LAUGHTER) CONGRATULATIONS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. UM, TELL ME A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE WORK THAT’S
TAKING PLACE NOW ON THE BRIDGE AS IT BECOMES PREPPED TO BECOME USABLE NEXT YEAR. ABSOLUTELY. SO THE NEXT PHASE THAT WE’RE IN RIGHT NOW
IS WE’RE SETTING THE FINAL TWO TOWERS, THEY’RE GOING UP RIGHT NOW IN PLACE. UM, AND WE’VE GOT SOME STONE THAT GETS WRAPPED
ON THE BASES OF THOSE. WE’VE GOT A SPIRE THAT GETS SET ON THE TOP
OF THE TOWERS, AND THE LONGEST PORTION OF WORK IS GOING TO BE POURING THE FINAL PIECES
OF CONCRETE ON THE BRIDGE AND ALL THE APPROACH RAMPS THAT GO UP TO IT. BECAUSE YOU CAN SEE RIGHT NOW, THE ELEVATION
THAT IT SITS WE’VE GOT QUITE A BIT OF WAYS TO GET GOLF CARS UP TO THAT SO WE’VE GOT A
RAMP THAT GOES UP ON EACH SIDE. SO THAT PROCESS IS GOING TO TAKE ABOUT ANOTHER,
PROBABLY BE DONE IN ABOUT APRIL OR MAY OF NEXT YEAR. AND FROM WHAT I UNDERSTAND, AND WHAT WE CAN
CERTAINLY SEE, THAT’S NOT THE ONLY STEEL THAT’S GETTING SWUNG AROUND HERE IN FLORIDA’S FRIENDLIEST
HOMETOWN. SO WHAT ELSE DO YOU HAVE GOING ON? ABSOLUTELY. SO, DOWN AT THE TURNPIKE RIGHT NOW WE’VE ACTUALLY
COMPLETED THE STRUCTURE FOR THE BRIDGE THAT’S GOING TO GO OVER THE TURNPIKE. AND IT’S SITTING ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD,
EVERYTHING’S DONE. THEY’RE BEGINNING TO POUR THE DECK ON THAT
ONE NOW. AND WE’RE JUST WAITING ON FINAL PERMITS TO BE ABLE TO DRIVE THE PILES FOR THE FOUNDATIONS
THAT THE BRIDGE WILL SIT ON THAT ONE AS WELL. AND THEN JUST OVER HERE TO OUR EAST? SO WE’VE GOT THE CHITTY CHATTY BRIDGE THERE. WE’RE ACTUALLY IN THE EXACT OPPOSITE. WE’RE DRIVING PILES ON THAT. WE HAVE OUR PERMITS AND WE’RE WAITING ON THE
STRUCTURE TO SHOW UP SO THEY CAN ASSEMBLE THAT. AS CONSTRUCTION CONTINUES MOVING TOWARDS FULL
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