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Old 12-31-2008, 07:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Fixing the bridges on 8

Is there a plan to get 8 back open? Could volunteers go in and fix them, or would they have to be done to the same specs as the other bridges? I might contact the FS and ask what can be done to get the 8 loop back open

From what I have seen the bridges need to be torn down and completely rebuilt.
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Old 01-01-2009, 04:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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They would have to be torn down and rebuilt. And the FS has estimates to do the work, but of course, they are over engineering them and it's going to cost way too much. The bridges and repairs will be part of the proposal they are supposed to be coming out with after the first of the year.
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Old 01-01-2009, 06:47 PM   #3 (permalink)
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A couple of phone poles and some boards would easily do the trick at each little stream if it was done right. Let me guess, DOT cert. bridges? Steel beams and concrete
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Old 01-04-2009, 03:42 PM   #4 (permalink)
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They shouldn't need to be engineerd unless the land is being developed. I would dig deep on that subject and see what the reason behind that is.LOTS OF LUCK GUYS
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Old 01-04-2009, 05:13 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Anything would be better than whats there now
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I don't know what the exact plans are because I haven't seen the EA yet (still waiting, now they are saying early Feb.). But I'd bet they aren't talking about telephone poles and boards...
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Old 01-05-2009, 10:20 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Steve Lohr made mention at the open house about logging in the future. This could be one reason they are overengineering the bridges. I personally am all for logging. That's where most of the trails a t Tellico came from. If they start loggin there in the future I want to see how they deal with sedimentation.
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The only problem with logging is that it will be a decade before you get to ride any trails at Tellico. And when you get to visit again, it will look more like a moonscape instead of the beautiful slice of Appalachia we all know and love.

Funny enough, you probably will not hear a peep out of anyone about the sediment in the river. Logging generates tons more revenue that the ORV.
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you're right that it does but I still like logging. I enjoy the moonscapes. That kind of logging is necessary for healthy forrest ecosystems. They don't bother me in the least.
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Will they clear cut or selective cut?
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Who knows? They might seed cut. Logging in the NF has been an issue and I'm sure they'll have to be careful. Seed cuts leave some trees without the total "moonscape" look.
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