Changing the face of Charleston : The unbuilding of the Grace and Pearman Bridges
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November 10, 2005:
Harvesting Pearman Girders

Early morning and here is an inside view of the Pearman supports (looking west), a sleeping 1250 and the Grace skeleton

Soon the 1250 wakes up (Michael's alarm) and he starts hammering away at the top of the next pier cap. Notice to the left - the water to minimize dust

On the other side of the street is Chris and his 7550 for a little girder picking action this morning

The burners are cutting the cross members that couple the left outside and adjacent girders

a closer look at burning

When Chris tried to lift the girder, the far end cross braces did not break - so

Chris placed the girder back on the near pier cap

and then the guys elevated themselves to make a final burn

which freed the girder. I have stiched together a group of photos showing the acrobatics that Chris must do with the girder to move it from the top of the pier cap to its resting place. Click for a 9 Mb mpg video segment

and placed so that it can be cut into shorter segments

that can be loaded into a truck and removed

and in the meantime, Michael has removed the left section of the pier cap

A last look at the worksite

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