Valley launching blimp to take Sullivan Bridge planning pictures | News
The City of Spokane Valley needs to get a bird's eye view for its latest project. The city is getting ready to the replace the Sullivan Road Bridge southbound across the Spokane River.
In order to get all the right photo angles and aeiral measurements - the city is launching a helium blimp to get a better view of the bridge.
The blimp will carry two to three pounds of camera equipment. It is expected to launch sometime during the early afternoon on Wednesday, Oct. 17. It will be in the air for about two hours.
Senior Project Manager Jim Dingfield of CH2M Hill, which has the contract with the City of Spokane Valley for design of the new bridge, says the 15 foot long by 8 foot diameter blue and white blimp will be tethered to an operator on the ground, who will maneuver it into position and then use radio controls to adjust the camera to get the photos.
According to the City of Spokane Valley, the photos will then be used to help create visual simulations depicting the finished bridge and its relation to the surrounding environment.
The city wants to warn drivers who may be in the area tomorrow to pay attention to the road and not get distracted by the blimp. Those who wish to watch should find a nearby public parking lot from which to observe the blimp.