The original Port Mann Bridge stood tall in British Columbia for nearly 50 years before officials decided to replace it with a wider bridge of the same name. Built in 1964, was four lanes wide and, at the time it was built was the most expensive stretch of road in Canada. The new bridge it was replaced by spans 10 lanes wide and held the title of the widest bridge in the world until the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge was completed in 2013.
Demolition of the old bridge began in 2012 when the new bridge officially opened and just finished up in October of 2015. The bridge is located in an extremely busy area with railroad tracks nearby, so several different methods of demolition had to be used. The timelapse below shows 3 years’ worth of worth condensed down to a little more than 30 seconds. I’m sure it didn’t feel anywhere near that short for the crews on site every day. There’s also a bonus video below that that shows on of the 230 foot (70m) long girders being imploded in a blaze of glory.
Everyone has a camera in their pocket these days and when something goes down on the jobsite, you can bet it’s going to be captured on video one way or another. That can either be a great thing for marketing or an awful way to showcase your business.
Look, you could mobilize on site the boring old way by loading your heavy equipment on the bed of a trailer and driving it to site, or you could take a note from the Bravo Company of the 37th Engineer Battalion of the United States and spice things up a bit.
“World’s Largest” is definitely a sought after goal, especially in the construction industry. Sarens, a crane rental, heavy lifting, and engineered transport company in Belgium, has recently released a supersized crane that is being regarded as the largest crane in the world, by both size and lifting capacity.
Multiple buildings imploded at the same time with multiple different camera views? Sounds like the making of a great demolition video.
A construction crane that was working on a highway widening project in St. Martin Parish in Louisiana collapsed onto the adjacent roadway last week, injuring one driver.
Demolition by implosion videos are always fun to watch. Adding an element of water makes them even more dramatic, though it’s probably not great for the ecosystem. Late last week, a one mile long, 23 year-old bridge in China was imploded in front of a crowd of spectators and caught on camera.
Cranes are an extremely useful and important piece of equipment on the majority of construction sites. They can also be extremely dangerous if they are not understood or respected.