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calendar   Monday - August 03, 2020

Bang, Poof, Dropped

The damaged sections of the bridge that burned in the derailment last week in Tempe AZ have been brought down with explosive cutting charges. The rest of the bridge seems OK at this point, so a similar kind of steel truss sections will be built to replace the damaged ones.

story and video, plus link to a ton of picks from last week’s accident

This isn’t Hollywood, so don’t expect to see much. Controlled cutting demolition is like, poof, clunk, done.

At about 8:15 a.m., a brief spark and a puff of black smoke was visible as the designated portion of the bridge collapsed to the ground underneath. A loud booming sound could be heard as the ground briefly shook.

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Crews will likely cut the downed bridge into smaller pieces to truck it out of the site on Sunday, said Clint Schelbitzki, general director of public affairs for Union Pacific Railroad.

“Our goal is to get that area cleared so that we can prep for bridge construction,” he said, adding that there is currently no timeline for when that section of the bridge would be reconstructed.

Schelbitzki said the rest of the bridge was structurally safe. However, he noted officials were still assessing it, including whether any components needed to be replaced. He said the standing portion of the bridge would remain the same while the reconstructed portion of the bridge might appear “a little different” when complete.



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Last week’s fire


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/03/2020 at 09:16 PM   
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