Demolition videos are always fun, especially when it comes complete with a big splash and some waves. The Old Hulton Bridge, a 107 year old structure that connected Pittsburgh, PA suburbs Oakmont and Harmarville across the Alleghany River, went out with a splash, as it was imploded and landed into the river below.
The New Hulton Bridge, the old one’s replacement, has already completed construction and the demolition was the final piece to that project. The new bridge was constructed only feet away from the old, making a precise demolition even more important. PennDOT Executive Dan Cessna told the local CBS news station that imploding the bridge was the plan all along, and they factored that into the design of the new bridge. No structural damage was found on the new bridge, only scratches in the paint from shrapnel and the new bridge reopened within an hour.
150 pounds of dynamite and 51 charges in total were needed to bring down the old 2 lane bridge. Crews set up a 1,000 foot safety radius until just shortly after the implosion was complete.
Full story: Implosion Marks End Of 107-Year-Old Hulton Bridge | CBS Pittsburgh
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.
On Monday morning, a 13 story building in Miami Beach that was being prepped for demolition suddenly collapsed, injuring one Project Manager that was struck by debris.
In January of 2018, ten construction workers were killed and another eight were injured when a bridge spanning the Chirajara canyon in Columbia partially collapsed. That collapse has since been blamed on a poor design, reports have stated. Last week, the remaining sections of the bridge were demolished in dramatic fashion.
A couple weeks ago, we shared a list of the 100 tallest buildings to ever be demolished. One of the most interesting things that I learned while researching for that article was that although Detroit’s Greater Department Hudson Store was not the tallest building on the list (it was #21), it was the tallest on the list to actually be imploded.
In February, JP Morgan Chased announced their plans to demolish their current 52-story headquarters located in Manhattan. Turns out, when that demolition is complete, it will also break the record for the tallest building ever voluntarily demolished.
One thing’s for sure, the only thing better than one structure being demolished is two structures being demolished at the same time. Late last week, a decommissioned Florida Power Plant saw to the implosion of two 462 feet tall cooling towers in spectacular fashion.
Demolitions by implosion seems like the easiest way to knock down a structure, but there is so much preparation that goes into it that even the slightest mistake can have a huge impact. When smokestacks are demolished correctly, it can be a thing of beauty, like when these two silos in Scotland hit each other midair or when this asbestos filled stack was precisely demolished to fall into a pool of water. Things didn’t go so smoothly for demolition crews in Denmark last week, however.
As we’ve seen in the past, demolitions aren’t all about implosions. There are still many manual demolitions that are carried out by skilled excavator operators. The Victoria Street Bridge in Ontario, Canada is a recent example of that.
It’s been a while since we have shared a demolition video on Construction Junkie. We recently discussed a very high profile demolition project, the tallest voluntary demolition on record, which is schedule to start next year and how it is expected to happen, but no videos. Between the cold weather in most of the country and the general lack of interesting demolitions happening, it’s good to finally be back to feeling normal around here.