Changing the face of Charleston : The unbuilding of the Grace and Pearman Bridges
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September 21 2005: Removing roadway segments

Watching from the Grace Bridge, here Pio, Michael, complete with his CAT 345 grapple and surgical skills, Jim with his forklife and superb driving skills, uproot each segment and transport it to the base of the bridge for recycling

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Getting ready:

placing the grapple under the segement in order to take a small bite

Next, Michael rotates the segment into a vertical position

and completes the bite. Michael then turns around and places the segment on Jim's forklift

Here he is rotating his 345 with a concrete segment in his grapple

He then lowers the segment

Gently putting it to sleep

Later Jim approaches the segment from the left

and Michael lifts it enough for the forks to support the roadway segment.

Then its off to the recycling area at the base of the bridge.

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