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MDOT Bridge Inspectors Save Stranded Dog

Friday, September 25, 2020

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On Sunday (Sept. 20), two bridge inspectors from Stantec’s Bridge Inspection and Assessment team rescued a dog that had been stranded on the U.S. 84 bridge over the Mississippi River between Natchez, Mississippi, and Vidalia, Louisiana.

The dog was reportedly found below the bridge deck on the eastbound side of the structure, more than 120 feet above the water.

The Bridge

Also known as the Natchez-Vidalia Bridge, the structure is a metal cantilever, 20-panel, rivet-connected warren through truss, complete with fixed and approach spans. Reported to be the tallest bridge in Mississippi, its original cantilever span was completed in 1940, however, the second bridge wasn’t constructed until 1988. Its main span stretches 875 feet in length, although the structure is 4,205 feet long.

The bridge was rehabilitated in 2014.

What Happened

According to The Natchez Democrat, bridge inspector Craig Jenkins noticed the dog stuck on the eastbound framework of the U.S. 84 bridge while conducting a routine bridge inspection on the westbound structure. The inspection was being conducted for the Mississippi Department of Transportation.

Following the discovery, Stantec lead climber and rescue technician Ryan Nataluk called local police authorities and made the climb to the distressed dog. There, Nataluk checked the dog for injuries and fashioned a makeshift harness out of rope so that crews could lift the animal to safety.

“It was absolutely a first for our crew,” said Ben Carter, senior public relations specialist from Stantec.

While no one was able to figure out how the dog got under the bridge, it was later noted that Natchez Police Chief Walter Armstrong said a citizen, Samuel Jackson, had agreed to adopt the dog soon after it was rescued.


Tagged categories: Bridges; Bridges; Department of Transportation (DOT); Health & Safety; Inspection; NA; North America; Safety

Comment from Timothy Andreychek, (9/25/2020, 3:25 PM)

Good work on the part of the bridge inspector, Craig Jenkins, and the rescue technician Ryan Nataluk.

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