The 4.5-hour bridge build

Anthony Gonzalez Staff Reporter

November 22, 2013

A footbridge was constructed last weekend through a joint collaboration by the Elkin Valley Trails Association and The Yadkin Valley Riders Club. The wooden bridge took 4.5 hours to complete.

“This is the EVTA’s first completed bridge in the Wells Knob area in Wilkes County,” said Dr. William Blackley, chairman of EVTA.

The EVTA organizer said it started by having a great team from the Yadkin Valley Trail Riders.

“They stepped up. The YVRC provided the volunteer work. Herb Mc Donald is the trail development person to Wells Knob and helped put a lot of this together,” said Blackley.

EVTA brought in heavy equipment and materials. “The track hoe was operated by Henry Key. Equipment cost was also donated by Joe Walker at All-Star Rental in Elkin. The heavy beams were donated by Henry Key. Bob Hillyer donated the planks and boards. One of the trail workers loaned the air gun. Joe Mickey handled the sides of the gully with rocks. That’s how the bridge came together,” said Blackley.

Larry Wagoner, Charles Triplett and Tommy Holcomb with the riding club also were involved in the project.

According to Blackley, everyone was their own supervisor and had a role. No lunch break was taken. The six-foot-wide bridge was completed in 4.5 hours.

“It’s wide to accommodate horse riders,” said the EVTA trailblazer.

EVTA has been involved in a project that will erect an 80-foot footbridge near the Shoe Dam Factory in Elkin. Project completion of the new bridge is estimated for March of 2014.

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