Move over Port Mann Bridge, there’s another crossing in town that can hold double the traffic at a fraction of the price.
And this bridge has it all.
Unfortunately, to cruise this blacktop, you’d have to fit in a Hot Wheels car.
By day, Wayne Haydamack works for the City of Coquitlam. But in his spare time, the long-time resident has been busy working on a labour of love — a 43-foot replica of a cable bridge, which bears a striking resemblance to the Port Mann or Golden Ears bridges.
Last week, he decided to lay the whole piece out on his driveway, while the weather was still nice.
“It’s kind of a hobby,” he told the Tri-Cities NOW of his modelling career.
Haydamack basically started working on the bridge in August.
At first it was eight feet — then 16 feet — and finally 43 feet.
At one point his entire kitchen was consumed by the bridge project.
“When the weather is raining, you have to build it somewhere,” he joked.
The attention to detail is astonishing and almost a young boy’s dream.
The towers are made of plywood, while the side support beams are cut by a jigsaw.
The bridge, which he named Super Bridge, has detailed signs, railings for pedestrians and on-ramps.
And what bridge would be complete without cars, trucks and buses crossing the span?
The bridge cost about $700 in parts to build.
Haydamack, who got interested in the hobby through model trains, said he built the bridge to complement the model city he had constructed in his garage.
He’s quick to show pictures of his entire project he keeps in a binder.
Haydamack explained it’s all part of a book he’s been working on that involves the model city.
While the bridge certainly made some of his neighbours stop and take notice, they probably won’t see it very often. Haydamack said he’s going to take the bridge apart and keep it in sections because it takes up so much space in his house.
And unlike the provincial government that wants to build more bridges, that’s not in the deck for this hobbyist.
“I’d like to get my life back to normal,” Haydamack said
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