Bridge over the Ugar River
2Lt. Agustín López
First published May 14, 2003
During the second fortnight of April, a Sapper platoon
from the construction troop belonging to the 4th Armoured
Engine Squadron was in charge of raising a Bailey bridge over
the Ugar River.
Vitovlje - The 4th Armoured Engine Squadron is assigned to
the Multinational Brigade Northwest (MNB-NW). The detachment
is stationed in Sipovo. One platoon of the construction troop
was deployed during 15 days on the Ugar River bank with the
main goal of accomplishing the de-launching of the 'Mannock
A linking bridge
UK 1Lt. Tim Hill led the unit designated to perform this project.
"Our mission is the recovery of a 100-feet Triple-Double
Extra Wide Bailey Bridge (TDEWBB), located on Route Clog,
just on the Inter Entity Boundary Line (IEBL), 21km north
of Turbe and 17km south-east of Knezevo. The 'Mannock Bridge'
represents a vital spot because it's the most important bridge
from Knezevo to Turbe. The first bridge was put in place around
1995 and replaced in 1998," stated Hill.
"We can describe this bridge as a TDEWBB. It is built
on a demolished three- span concrete reinforced bridge over
the Ugar River, where two spans of the bridge are still in
place. The bridge will be closed for traffic in the next four
months, due to the fact that a civilian company will build
a new concrete bridge. Once we recover the bridge, it will
be donated in the future to the Republika Srpska," added
UK soldiers performed a great work
Staff Sgt. Steve Williams is the deputy commander of the platoon.
"After carrying out a study, which included a first appraisal
of the work, it has been decided that the bridge will be recovered
to the home (North) bank.
The work's programme was divided in three phases. First, we
had to move to the site and set up a troop administration
During the second phase, the action includes three tasks:
first, the preparation of the home and far banks ready for
de-launching (once the ends of bridge's ramps have been removed
the bridge will be raised onto the rollers). Then, the de-launching
of the bridge (once the bridge is raised onto the rollers
it will have to be anchored to prevent movement. The nose
will then be constructed and the bridge will be de-launched
to the home bank). And finally, the strip of the bridge (due
to the nature of the site the bridge may require a counter
weight to be added to enable the strip).
The third and last phase includes the recovery from site.
The Military Construction force will then recover to Sipovo
Saw mill. All bridge parts are to be left on site, stacked
and ready for collection at a later stage," commented
Cpl. John Dolman explained: "We have to verify the security
measures because we are working with a bad weather (rainstorms
and wind) using heavy machinery and specialized vehicles.
I can mention among the vehicles employed one combat engineers
tractor, one crane, the Foden recovery vehicle and one case
Related links: Engineering - bridge
Nations of SFOR: UK