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Feb 18, 2011 | 894 views | 2 2 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print

A crew with Pieper Excavating, from Wever, Iowa, arrived in Carver Thursday to remove the giant log jam at the Minnesota River railroad bridge.

Over the past month, local officials have been “making a hard push” to remove the log jam, said Carver City Administrator Brent Mareck. When the river floods, officials worry about the log jam’s impact on the river and levee as it passes downtown Carver.

Union Pacific owns the bridge where the logs pile up. However, the U.P. no longer uses the rail line after a portion of the bridge collapsed in March 2007. The U.P. had originally planned to remove the structurally deficient bridge this May – plans that the impending floodwaters could delay.

In the past, logs were cleared from a machine sitting on top of the 1917 railroad bridge. However, this year, a U.P.-contracted crew removed the log jam with “The Duck.”

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” Mareck commented of the amphibious excavating machine.

“The Duck” has large tracks that roll over the machine’s two floats. Following some repairs on Thursday, the crew went to work Friday, picking up and scattering logs, so waters will carry them away when the ice melts.

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March 01, 2011
The reason for not making productive use of the logs is because that would make way too much sense. Remember, we are dealing with government when undertaking projects like this.

Last year when they were moving logs word was they couldn't even lift them over the bridge, instead just move them in a way they could float away. And remember the water was extremely high, it would have been much easier.

Oops, bad word (easier), doesn't jive with government rules and regs. I'd love to hear the DNR's logic. Don't the logs just end up someone elses problem?

Also, think about the liability issues! If someone hurt their back lifting firewood in to their truck, the lawyers would be all over that!
February 19, 2011
This to me personally sounds ridiculous to pay this company to pick up the logs and just scatter them so they flow down the river and potentially making them someone else’s problem?

Why not make productive use of this natural material?

How about:

Using some of the logs for lumber

(realizing most are probably not good hardwoods or building material)?

Allow residents or companies to remove them for Firewood?

Grinding others than can be up for mulch?

Sending the rest to be composted?

How many of these logs will make to Chaska or beyond?

Will Mn/DOT have to come out and move some of these same logs from the Highway 41 Bridge at Chaska or Highway 101 Bridge at Shakopee?

Will Mn/DOT take the same approach; just send them on down river?

Will they become a navigational hazard to river users this summer or next?

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