Sunday, December 14, 2008

St. Catharines Then and Now: demolishing the Lake St./QEW overpass

The Lake St. overpass crossing the QEW in St. Catharines was demolished overnight on Dec.13-14, 2008. above: Dec.5, 2008. Looking north across the QEW at the Lake St. bridge.
above: Dec.14, 2008, same view, bridge demolished.
Photo/video series by R. Bobak. Click on photos to enlarge!
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above: Dec.5, 2008, looking at the west side of the old bridge from the south at Mohawk Dr.
above: same view, Dec.14, 2008, bridge demolished. The single-lane road seen at the bottom was the temporary detour lane which carried QEW eastbound traffic around the demolition.
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above: Dec.5, 2008, old bridge abutment as seen from below. View from south side, looking at the east face. The new bridge is seen above right.
above: same view, Dec.14, 2008. Only a small portion of the rounded abutment remains.
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above: Dec.5, 2008, looking north at old Lake St.bridge from the new one.
above: same view on Dec.14, 2008, bridge gone.
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above: Dec.5, 2008 looking north at both bridges side-by-side from below.
above: same view after demolition, Dec.14, 2008
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above: Dec.5, 2008, looking north.
above: same view, Dec.14, 2008, bridge knocked down. Temporary sheeting was installed to protect traffic passing on the detour lane during the demolition process.
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above: Looking north down Lake St. at both bridges side-by-side, on the afternoon of Dec.13, 2008. The demolition on the old bridge would start later that same day at 9 p.m.
above: Dec.14, 2008, same view, bridge demolished.
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Videos show the demolition of the Lake St. overpass over the QEW in St.Catharines, in the early morning of a cold Dec.14, 2008:

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