Squirrel bridge

From left to right, JH Kelly employees Rick Buckner, Adam Harris and Caleb Friberg hold John Dick's model, which won the Squirrel Bridge competition last year, beside the full-scale bridge they built. 

Bill Wagner / TDN file

Longview’s third squirrel bridge will go up Saturday morning and will span Nichols Boulevard in front of R.A. Long High School.

The 12-foot-long, 72-pound aluminum cable-stayed bridge was designed by the late John Dick and built last summer by JH Kelly employees.

Based on the Leonard Zakim Memorial Bridge in Boston, Dick’s design was the winning entry in the Sandbaggers Club’s squirrel bridge design contest. After Dick fell ill in February 2012, JH Kelly employees Caleb Friberg, Rick Buckner and Adam Harris fabricated it using aluminum donated by Waite Specialty Machine of Longview. The bridge was unveiled in August at Squirrel Fest just a couple of weeks after Dick died of cancer at age 71.

Dick, a retired Longview attorney who had a lifelong fascination with bridges, was familiar with the Zakim Memorial Bridge because it appeared in background shots of “Boston Legal,” one of his favorite TV shows, according to his wife, Diane Dick.

With the help of Cascade Networks and Renaud Electric, the Sandbaggers will hang the miniature bridge between two trees on Nichols Boulevard between the high school entrance and Harding Street. Workers will gather at 10 a.m. and hope to finish the job by 11 a.m., Sandbagger Don Cianci said Thursday.

It’s unclear how traffic will be affected during the installation, he said.

Longview has two other squirrel bridges: The Nutty Narrows, which was built in 1963 and hangs above Olympia Way at 20th Avenue, and a span built in summer 2011 in honor of murder victim Bruce Kamp. Made of copper, the covered span is suspended between two trees in the 1300 block of Kessler Boulevard.

The Sandbaggers Club’s goal is to have squirrel bridges all over town.

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