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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 15, 2007 BAGHDAD BRIDGE GETS FACELIFT DURING OVERNIGHT MISSION BY V CORPS ENGINEERS By Spc. Chris McCann 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division BAGHDAD, Iraq – Soldiers from V Corps' 502nd Multi-Role Bridging Company rebuilt a bridge south of Baghdad during a nighttime mission May 11. Working at night to avoid the worst of the Iraqi heat and the heaviest traffic times, engineer Soldiers from the Hanau, Germany-based company replaced steel decks and ramps on
  SPC CHRIS McCANN Engineers Staff Sgt. David Rojas (left) and Pfc. Jose Canalesof V Corps' 502nd Multi-Role Bridging Company help to guidesheets of steel bridge decking onto a pile during a nighttimebridge renovation project south of Baghdad, Iraq May 11. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 15, 2007 BAGHDAD BRIDGE GETS FACELIFT DURINGOVERNIGHT MISSION BY V CORPS ENGINEERS By Spc. Chris McCann 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division BAGHDAD, Iraq – Soldiers from V Corps' 502nd Multi-Role Bridging Companyrebuilt a bridge south of Baghdad during a nighttime mission May 11.Working at night to avoid the worst of the Iraqi heat and the heaviest traffictimes, engineer Soldiers from theHanau, Germany-based companyreplaced steel decks and ramps on theheavily used Mabey-Johnson typebridge.The srcinal concrete bridge formingthe southbound lane of the highway was blown up by a car bomb in 2004. Thereplacement Mabey-Johnson bridge made of steel was put up to keep traffic flowingon the main highway. But the replacement, heavily used by both civilian andmilitary vehicles, was suffering. Its bolts were rusting into place, its steel beginningto bend under the weight of heavy loads.  The 502nd replaced all the decking -- huge squares of stamped steel -- and theramps at both ends of the raised bridge. Many of the damaged bolts had to be cutaway with torches. The deck comes in sections, said Sgt. 1st Class Shade Munday, a platoon sergeantwith the 502nd, during the 10-hour operation. We've been planning this operationfor about a week. It will make the bridge a lot stronger, and it will allow for two-waytraffic, instead of just one-way. The timing of the mission was important, explained Sgt. Stacie Notz of the 502nd. We're doing it at night because there's less traffic, and it's easier for the Soldiers toavoid heat exhaustion, she said.The company is currently permanently assigned to V Corps' 130th Engineer Brigade,but will move under the banner of the corps' 18th Engineer Brigade May 16, as the130th heads to a new assignment in Hawaii as part of U.S. Army Pacific. During itscurrent deployment in Iraq the company is attached to the 411th Engineer Brigade,an Army Reserve unit based in Windsor, New York.Lt. Col. Jeffrey Harrison, commander of the Fort Drum, N.Y.-based 2nd BrigadeSpecial Troops Battalion, 10th Mountain Division -- which includes the brigade'sengineer company -- visited the 502nd as they worked. The bridge was meant to stay in place awhile, but it's on a main supply route. It'sused by a lot of civilian traffic as well, and there was damage occurring, Harrisonsaid.   The colonel said a plan is in motion to rebuild the srcinal bridge. We're going to kick that off in a few weeks, Harrison said. It will take several weeks because it's a standard concrete bridge, just like you'dsee in the United States. Until then, he added, the Mabey-Johnson will remain in service, thanks to theengineers' late-night efforts. The repairs the 502nd made will keep it operational until it's no longer needed, Harrison said.
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