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Don’t look down

Hanging 900 feet above the Colorado River, Stantec bridge inspectors do what it takes to keep this bridge safe for the travelling public

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<p><b>Nick Cioffredi</b>: So a lot of people ask if you get nervous or scared when you're working at height but you learn through extensive training and time on rope that you trust your gear, you trust your setup, you go nice and slow and steady, make sure that everything is rigged properly and it takes all the fear out of it.</p> <p>We've got a crew of seven, based out of Denver. All trained bridge inspection team leaders and assistants who are out here inspecting the Michael O'Callaghan Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge.</p> <p><b>Tony Illia (NDOT – Nevada Department of Transportation):</b> we've been able to rely on Stantec to provide resourceful and accurate testing and assessment of the bridge . In addition to that, Stantec has really been a partner to us. Part of the NDOT family in helping us provide engineering services and making sure the bridge is functioning as it should be.</p> <p><b>Nick</b>: The structure is an open spandrel arch. We actually are able to, using our rope access, inspect the spandrel columns, the columns on all the approach spans, the arch, the interior of the arch, where we're actually on rope inside the arch, going all the way down to the skewbacks and back.</p> <p><b>Drew Houser</b>: This bridge is just under 1000 feet. All right above river level. When you're out there at the middle of the bridge at center span and you look down, you're looking about a fifth of a mile down to the river.</p> <p><b>Nick</b>: nine times out of ten, the bridges are in great shape. We're just going through that routine inspection making sure we're documenting any deterioration that's happening so that we can program for that maintenance or that rehabilitation down the road. When you do find that, the flaw in that bridge that could potentially be serious, we're there to catch it.</p> <p><b>Drew</b>: The Bridge Inspection Program all started with the catastrophic collapse of the Silver Bridge. When that happened, they realized that America's infrastructure needed to be looked at and some portions of it were crumbling. That lead to the Bridge Inspection Program.</p> <p><b>Nick</b>: What we do, nine times out of ten, we're inspecting bridges within our own communities or within our own state and you'd be amazed how many bridges you drive over on a daily basis and don't even realize that you're on a bridge. Our job out there is to keep our neighbors safe. It is to keep that community that we live and reside in safe.</p>

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