Demolition

Kosciuszko Bridge

Image source: New York Daily News / NY Gov. Cuomo

News October 02, 2017
The old Kosciuszko Bridge, which connected Brooklyn and Queens for 78 years in New York, was imploded Sunday morning.   The long-delayed implosion of portions of the bridge began Sunday at 8 a.m. as Gov. Andrew Cuomo led a 10-second countdown in front of a crowd that witnessed the big booms and...
Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge

Image source: WTOP/Megan Cloherty

News August 11, 2017
The Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge in Washington, D.C., transports 70,000 vehicles daily over the Anacostia River, and officials released a design for the bridge's replacement Thursday.   Construction begins at year’s end on the $441 million project, which will also rebuild the Suitland Parkway...
Alaskan Way Viaduct in Seattle

Image source: Washington Department of Transportation

News August 04, 2017
As the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) prepares to open the new S.R. 99 tunnel, demolition of the Alaskan Way Viaduct is slated for early 2019 in Seattle.   WSDOT launched an online open house Thursday to show the public what the work will look like and start allowing comment...
Article July 05, 2017
In the principal transit corridor between New York and Boston, the interchange of I-95, I-91 and S.R. 34 in New Haven, Conn., is heavily travelled, to say the least.   I-95 N/S in particular traverses a densely developed urban area and borders environmentally sensitive New Haven Harbor. Built in...
Old Bay Bridge demolition between San Francisco and Oakland

Image source: Michael Short, Special to The Chronicle

News March 29, 2017
California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) demolition crews began bay bridge demolition of the final section of the old eastern span of the Bay Bridge Tuesday, removing the last remnants of a structure that graced the San Francisco Bay skyline for more than 80 years.   The 288-ft truss is...
News February 02, 2017
Construction crews are in the process of demolishing the Daugherty Road Bridge over I-85 in North Carolina in order to build a new one in preparation for the highway’s widening, causing possible delays in Rowan and Cabarrus counties.   The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT)...

Image source: WBZ-TV

News October 27, 2016
With the switch to all-electronic tolling on the Massachusetts Turnpike (Mass Pike) set to begin Friday, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) wants drivers to be prepared for a “short-term inconvenience” as the old tollbooths are demolished.   At a news conference Monday,...
News August 01, 2016
The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) is using a recyclable resource to renovate worn bridges along one of the busier highways in Salt Lake County.   On Friday, the agency demonstrated an inventive system of high-pressure water jets to refurbish bridge decks on the $105 million I-215 project...
News June 09, 2016
The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) blew up another section of the B.B. Comer Bridge across the Tennessee River in Scottsboro, Alabama, yesterday morning.   All traffic within a 1500-foot radius of the blasting site was halted for an estimated 15-20 minutes during the demolition. River...
News October 29, 2015
Concerns over the structural integrity of a 750-ton bridge spanning East Grand Boulevard in Corona, Ca., have led to the decision by state DOT officials to demolish and rebuild it.   The S.R. 91 on-ramp work is expected to cause traffic delays, but to not affect or delay completion of the S.R. 91...
Article January 08, 2009
Imagine “recycling” an 8,076-ft-long bridge that carries 50,000 cars and two dozen trains a day over the Mississippi River. That’s essentially what is happening in New Orleans with the retrofitting of the Huey P. Long Bridge. Louisianians have been making do with two 9-ft lanes in each direction on...
Article January 10, 2007
Road construction projects come about for many different reasons. A heavily traveled thoroughfare may need to be widened to accommodate more lanes of traffic. The asphalt surface on a county road may be severely cracked due to wear and age. Then there are those times when the earth could possibly...
Article May 10, 2005
Feel sorry for landfill owners if pavement contractors get a hold of a new report from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Landfill business might go into a substantial decline if more people find out about how pavement can be recycled and used in new roads. The report, Transportation...
Article May 10, 2005
Foooooore! Would you trust your Department of Transportation with a howitzer artillery cannon? Homeowners in Pleasant Grove, Utah, used to until their neighbor’s house was accidentally destroyed. In March, UDOT officials were firing 20-lb artillery shells in Provo Canyon, attempting to bring down a...
Article May 10, 2005
The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) has long been a proponent of the use of cold in-place recycling (CIR) as a strategy to optimize its pavement preservation program. CIR has proven to be a very cost-effective strategy in Nevada for asphalt pavement experiencing medium- to high-severity...
Article June 16, 2004
At last, construction at the “Big Dig” (the Central Artery/Tunnel Project) is about to end with the completion date targeted for 2005. News about Boston’s Big Dig is no longer big. For the last 10 years, the public has been inundated with the happenings of this project covered by the news media...
All Crane Case Alert 1

From the deck of a barge, a Link-Belt carefully fishes the floating pieces out by their cables and places them on the riverbank.

Case Studies
In Cleveland, July’s last fireworks display will bring the house down. Or, in this case, the massive 55-year-old Innerbelt bridge that for a generation connected the city to its western neighborhoods. For now, crews are in the final stages of months of mechanical deconstruction work that, when...
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