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The head-banging sounds of a bridge beginning

Crews level the crane's boom before it starts tamping the piling into the ground. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)1 / 3
A worker uses hand signals to communicate to the crane operator. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)2 / 3
Bridge crews work on County Road 39 in northeast Hubbard County. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)3 / 3

A crew from Duininck Brothers Inc. guides a crane and piling into place Wednesday. Pilings for the bridge pier were pounded into place over the Necktie River on County 39 north of Laporte. The clanging sounds of the bridge pilings could be heard for miles and the earth shook as the framework of the new county bridge was pounded into place. The bridge will cost $688,000. It is anticipated to be finished later this fall. A detour is in place taking Hubbard County Road 45 south to State Highway 200, then back west to Hubbard County 39. At left, smoke pours from the boom as it drives the piling deep into the ground. At right, the crew guides the massive piling into place while sending hand signals (above) to the crane operator.

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