Changing the face of Charleston : The unbuilding of the Grace and Pearman Bridges
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April 9, 2006:
A neck procedure for Michael

When last seen, Sparky was surveying the Mt. Pleasant side of the Grace Bridge - and all that remains is the traffic barrier with a faint outline of SW

The Grace worksite

and the Coleman recycling center - not much there at all

At the Navy yard, there are Pearman fragments, I assume from the cantilever section dropped last week

And in for a neck operation is Michael's 1250 being pushed by Pat

The working tug - the Captain Gary

and Pat, of course

The 1250 in the resting position.

Why the neck procedure. Michael has unbuilt enough of P-3 that the neck of the 1250 is too long (i.e. high reach is no longer necessary - just ordinary reach) - so the 1250 is in for a neck reduction - to remove a vertabra or two - so that the boom is better matched to the height of P-3

Here is the 1250 at the Navy yard dock

Meanwhile back at the port, to cats guard the site

Looking to the right - P3 and the Ravenel Bridge

and to the left, Drum Island in its almost finished state

A closer look at Michael's progress in unbuilding P-3

and more sections of the Pearman cantilever section blast from last week - ready for transport

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