Changing the face of Charleston : The unbuilding of the Grace and Pearman Bridges
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January 21, 2006: T-4 cleanup

Last Wednesday, Mickey's ABS team felled T-4, the last Pearman cantilever support. Today, the weather was perfect for a bicycle ride so these photos are from the Ravenel bicycle path. As you can see - there is almost nothing left of T-4. In the background are the remaining cantilever segments of the Grace (Port and Drum Island segments) and the Pearman Port segment.

(Jan 27, 2006: Corey Rubchinuk sent me email way back in December about his father, Leon, a member of the Testa team. Since then, I have looked all over for Leon, but he was always at a place that was difficult for me to get to. But the Testa family is a small group and Ponce came by yesterday, after Brett's blast of the T-4 foundation, and I asked where Leon might be. He pointed across Town Creek at am excavator and said "there is Leon". I remembered that I saw someone last Saturday (Jan 21) cleaning up around T-4 and asked Ponch about it. Yes, he said - Leon was working last Saturday. So I have found Leon - but have not yet associated a face with the name. So I'm going to continue to search for him - and give his son, Corey, a surprise photo).

A lonely excavator (operated by Leon - as described above) doing the cleanup.

A closer view of Leon and the T-4 root

In the background several cranes are being positions to continue disassembly of the Grace cantilever sections

This is simply a wider shot of the same worksite - with the Ravenel approaches in the distance

Later when I returned, our lone cleaner-upper was using his hammer to break down the T-4 foundation (Ponce, see above - said that someone was working with Leon - so next, I'll find out how this is)

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