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.

December 8, 2006:
Stabilizing the Pearman supports

Back on Friday - here is the worksite with Manny's crane in the middle.


One of the bearings


Note the recently added guy wires to stabilize the temporary piers.


Another view of the stabilizing cables attached to the middle columns


Another view


The Grace roadway truss

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One of the stabilizing cable anchors attached to a Pearman pier


Another guy wire attached to the base of the other temporary support


A side view of the stabilizing cables


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C. Frank Starmer