On Saturday, July 30th, a storm dumped 5+ inches of rain on Deer Springs Farm in less than 2 hours. The resulting deluge washed out 2 bridges – the wooden bridge at the start of the Perimeter Trail, and a metal bridge farther down that same trail.
At the wooden bridge site, we rock-armored a stream crossing. We think that will be easier to maintain. The wooden bridge would get dislodged frequently and at times would have to be moved as the bank supporting it would erode. Hopefully, this will be a longer lasting solution.
At the metal bridge site, we actually had to dig it back out of the stream bed, then move it about 15 yards back upstream where we wrestled it back into position. Eventually we’d like to find a stream crossing to replace this bridge, as it’s washed out several times as well. But, that would require extensive reroutes of the surrounding trail, and would likely be a large project we’ll tackle later this fall.