Bridge at Ruth's Waterfall
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Waterfall, on Gulf Creek, a
tributary of Cayuga Lake, 6 miles (9.5km) north of Ithaca in
but visitors are always welcome.
to build a bridge across Gulf Creek a short distance above Ruth's
Waterfall. The Bridge would let us access the portion of our property
on the other side of the creek. We plan a nature trail and bog garden
The Bridge has been quite an adventure. We built
it hoping to have low visual impact but still survive the periodic
floods we have experienced since we came to Ruth's Waterfall four
years ago. We also wanted to have something we could build ourselves
within a fairly modest budget. We pretty much ruled out single span
bridges including suspension bridges (too visible) or girder bridges
(too expensive, too hard to build by hand). We decided on a two
simple "docks" meeting in the middle and simply resting
on iron pipe legs in the stream, with timber piers on the stream
banks. With this plan, we could drag the two halves onto the banks
during the winter. And if we did get a serious flood during the
summer, the bridge would (hopefully) simply open up and let it through.
We could then drag the two pieces back into position.
photos documenting the bridge building project.
Within two days of completion of The Bridge,
there was major
flooding in our region. Fortunately, we were on the edge of
the rainfall and experienced very minor flooding in Gulf Creek;
The Bridge was not bothered at all.
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