Demolition of old bridge moves underwater

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bridgeNORTH BETHANY, DELAWARE  – They pulled it, pushed it, pounded it – the old Indian River Inlet Bridge.

Now, the team charged with taking the structure apart will turn to divers equipped with underwater jackhammers for the demolition’s final phases.

Work was set to start within a week, said Jim Westhoff, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation.

A barge is stationed in the inlet to catch and recover debris from the demolition, he said.

The latest object of destruction: the concrete and steel-reinforced piers that supported the four-lane bridge. Traditional jackhammers will be used to remove the concrete above the water, but all parts of the structure must be removed to avoid a submerged hazard, Westhoff said.

That’s where the divers with jackhammers come in.




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