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.
This is a continuation of the story of removing concrete girders. I first watched this while the I-26 overpass was being removed. Here is the setup - the Grace and Pearman overpasses (over Immigration Drive) and a few guys starting to set up the crane. I stiched together a video from a group of photos showing the crane lowering a concrete girder.(15 Mb mpeg).
And the crane in its sleeping configuration
A view of the Pearman and Grace passing over Immigration Drive looking south
The overpass looking south down Immigration Drive. Note Jackie in his Cat above as the crane lowers a concrete girder
Another view of the Immigration Drive setup (Neil's night team)
The Pearman concrete girders and the crane in its erect position
Once the girder is positioned, the shear is used to break up the girder into smaller segments.
Watching the shear at work at night is just plain fun
and more fun as it takes another bite from the girder
Now to lift the next girder, the hoisting cable is wrapped around the girder
Two teams attach the hoisting cables
and then the right guys cut through the girder attachment over the supporting pier.
Then Jackie moves in above and hammers around the girder to break it loose
A closer view of hammering
Then Paul's team above cuts the attachments
like a July 4th celebration
Then Jackie picks up one end of the girder with his shear
and lifts and separates
then the crane takes up the slack and Jack lets go of the girder
The crane then picks up the girder and rotates it slightly to clear the supporting structures
then lowering the girder
down and down
and rotating it to place it in the graveyard - food for the shear
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C. Frank Starmer