Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Getting ready to drop a bridge

It looks like equipment is moving into place for the demolition of the old 5th Avenue bridge over the Guyandotte River in Huntington, W.Va. The existing steel truss bridge is something like a gazillion years old. It was closed a few years ago because some of the steel members supporting the roadway were rusting and falling away.

The bridge is less than a quarter mile from where the Guyandotte flows into the Ohio River. According to announced plans, demolition charges will go off sometime Friday to drop the bridge into the Guyandotte.

I assume that's where the Anna S, the barge with a crane on it and an empty barge come in. Today they were tied up at the park there at the mouth of the Guyandotte. Here you can see some of the components of the tow, with my favorite Ohio River bridge in the background.

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