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The 1931 bridge has been so prominent on this blog over the past decade plus that the past few years of construction and now deconstruction mesmerize me. Just look at the header photo I’ve not changed since 2006. I’ll never change it now.
I spent a few hours watching the work yesterday and share some of the photos here today and tomorrow. Photo 1 was taken at 06:49 before work began, from what I could tell; I’m the observer only and speculate sometimes because I’m not privy to the communications. NY is to the left and NJ to the right.
06:54 … NJ side. A safety and planning meeting?
07:01. Workers use various means to venture out to the severed transverse beam (?) to begin its removal.
07:30. Similar activity starts on the NY side.
08:25. Almost imperceptibly slow, the movement of the transverse progresses.
08:28. And then it speeds up.
08:36. A flatbed trailer has backed into place to receive the beam.
08:38. Meanwhile, over on the NJ side, a similar evolution has begun.
Meanwhile, at 08:43, a container vessel is rounding Bergen bend and headed for sea, after “threading the needle,” … well, not really, it made it in with those beams in place . . .
08:43, and we’ll pick up the evolution here tomorrow with MSC Kolkata . . . Note the crewmen on the bow?
I’d like to give a hat tip to all the Bayonne Bridge workers who work with such skill and safety in this enormous project, one of at least six bridge projects happening simultaneously in the greater sixth boro.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.