Project photo archive Sept. 22, 2012 Pre-lift photos All is quiet on the existing bridge. Project leaders closed down Hwy 61 as a safety precaution while the new Main Span was being lifted into place. Spectators watched throughout the day as crews worked nonstop to lift the bridge into place. Looking eastward, crews are working hard to get the span aligned with the skid system so it can get moved into place. A closer look at the skid system that will be used to move the span between the piers. One of the strand jacks up close. There were four used to lift the bridge. Each jack has 54 strands, which are made of high-strength steel and are about 18 millimeters in diameter. The strand jack sits at the top of Pier 5, waiting to connect with the Main Span. Looking down at the Main Span before it is lifted into place. In the background is Jaycee Park where many spectators gathered throughout the move and lift.