Changing the face of Charleston : The unbuilding of the Grace and Pearman Bridges
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(Feb 17)
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(Feb 28)

March 26, 2006:
Happiness is email from Sparky

Sparky is the man - and even from Singapore, his grin keeps me going

and as you probably have noticed - Sparky is an inside man - here, an inside view of a a box girder

and an inside view of a ladder

Tools of the trade - a crane for lifting (recently repaired)

A barge for the reef transplantation process. This particular barge opens from the bottom so that the residual bridge debris drops out of the bottom instead of being dropped over the side

Post processing continues at the Navy Yard - Pearman bones but not without wear and tear. Here, shears with dull blades don't shear very effectively - and Jerome restores the shearing potential of these giant sissors.

One of the cutting surfaces

and of course, Jaws and Jerome's repair shop

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