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June 9, 2006
Old Jamestown bridge demolition moving to new phase
JAMESTOWN -- Beginning next week, construction crews will use a jackhammer-like device called a hoe ram to destroy the old Jamestown Bridge's remaining concrete piers, as the massive demolition project moves into a new phase.
The state Department of Transportation revealed details today regarding next week's efforts, which will not include explosives or require any road closures.
The top 50 feet of the bridge's center piers were demolished with explosives last month, along with 2,200 feet of deck trusses.
The hoe ramming will begin next week and continue through August, according to today's announcement. Crews are limited to using the machine from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. because of the noise level, which the state says will be lower than another construction method known as pile driving.
Later in the summer, the demolition will include a round of underwater explosions that will require a brief closure of the new bridge.
Miss the two earlier bridge explosions? See photos and video here: http://projo.com/extra/2006/jamestownbridge/
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