Unbuilding the Grace and Pearman Bridges

For Sparky and myself, curiosity drives passion which in turn fuels our life's engine. Our passion was capturing the story of both unbuilding the Grace (1929 - 2007) and Pearman (1966 - 2007) Bridges and discovering the unbuilders. It takes a lot of passion to track a project from July 2005 until April 2007 - rain, shine, hurricanes or moving to Singapore. We discovered the joy of discovery learning. Ken Canty opened the front door for us - then Steve Testa, Ponch Billingsley and Mickey Rogers opened many side doors. Below are the highlights of what we discovered, who we met and what we learned.

And a reminder from T.S. Eliot (East Coker from the Four Quartets)

Home is where one starts from. As we grow older
The world becomes stranger, the pattern more complicated
Of dead and living. Not the intense moment
Isolated, with no before and after,
But a lifetime burning in every moment
And not the lifetime of one man only
But of old stones that cannot be deciphered.

August 10, 2005 6pm

Look! - The Grace off-ramp passing over I-26 Exit 221b near Meeting Street is partially gone.
Compare with the morning (6:30 am) photo.

(6:30 am photo)

The Pearman overpass on-ramp gap after removal yesterday

Looking west from the Grace off-ramp

Lookng east from the Grace off-ramp

And for all the ocean lovers - "Jaws" in action - cleanup after removal of a segment of the Pearman on-ramp (photo taken at 6:00 pm)

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C. Frank Starmer