Photos: How To Sweep A Bridge? And Why.

March 13, 2023

So how to you sweep a bridge? And why?

Our cameras recently caught a contractor cleaning the Highway 4 bridge between Century and Jay.

The bridge has small holes along the retaining wall for drainage. Cleaning away the debris keeps those holes from becoming clogged so water does not accumulate when there is heavy rain.

The crew was using a large “jet” blower pulled by a truck, backpack blowers and shovels. photos, click to enlarge.


2 Responses to “Photos: How To Sweep A Bridge? And Why.”

  1. Give me a break on March 13th, 2023 3:49 pm

    That looks like a Buffalo CKB4 turbine blower. They will hold a basketball up in the air like the seal with a beach ball in the old University Mall Sears. (Many of you are too young to know about that! lol)

    They can also take your feet out from under you if you don’t pay attention.

  2. More information on March 13th, 2023 5:58 am

    Tow operators have to be careful with tow chains around these holes because they are big enough for the chains to fall through if recovering a vehicle from these spots.