Unbuilding the Grace and Pearman Bridges

For Sparky and myself, curiosity drives passion which in turn fuels our life's engine. Our passion was capturing the story of both unbuilding the Grace (1929 - 2007) and Pearman (1966 - 2007) Bridges and discovering the unbuilders. It takes a lot of passion to track a project from July 2005 until April 2007 - rain, shine, hurricanes or moving to Singapore. We discovered the joy of discovery learning. Ken Canty opened the front door for us - then Steve Testa, Ponch Billingsley and Mickey Rogers opened many side doors. Below are the highlights of what we discovered, who we met and what we learned.

And a reminder from T.S. Eliot (East Coker from the Four Quartets)

Home is where one starts from. As we grow older
The world becomes stranger, the pattern more complicated
Of dead and living. Not the intense moment
Isolated, with no before and after,
But a lifetime burning in every moment
And not the lifetime of one man only
But of old stones that cannot be deciphered.

August 17, 2005 Meeting Street (From Sparky Witte)

Here is the current situation with the Meeting Street overpasses

More or less a clash of the titans (surgical titans in this case)

And like our dental colleagues, chipping away at box girders

Frank's view back at Meeting Street, Testa continues to remove the girders and deposit them on the side (parallel to Meeting St.)

Somehow, I got a big smile from this - Yield to Cashman and Testa while they do their thing

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C. Frank Starmer