It will take several more weeks of consecutive night closures to complete the removal process.
The falsework removal is only one of numerous activities currently underway at the project site. In the freeway’s center median, heavy machinery is demolishing the remaining portions of the previous retaining wall. Specialists are out sandblasting the superstructure’s exterior.
Finally, off-site, work continues on fabrication of the baskets that will soon sit atop the bridge’s main columns.
Be advised that eastbound closures of the I-210 will start again late Sunday night, and continue through next Friday morning. Closures start around 9 p.m. each night with nearby on-ramp closing first, then individual lanes begin to close around 10 p.m. Full closure of the eastbound freeway starts at Midnight, and all lanes reopen by 5:00 a.m. the following morning.
The I-210 Bridge is a dual track light rail bridge that will span 584 feet across the eastbound lanes of the I-210 Freeway. It will be constructed of steel reinforced concrete using (1) a temporary support known as falsework to support the bridge span across the freeway and (2) formwork which acts as a mold to help shape the concrete. The formwork will require specialized assembly to ensure the artistic design elements envisioned by artist Andrew Leicester, the project’s concept advisor, are maintained. The falsework and formwork will be removed when the concrete has hardened (or cured) and the bridge is strong enough to support itself. When completed, the lowest part of the bridge will be 17 feet above the I-210 Freeway, easily allowing the tallest of trucks to pass. Additionally, the structure is being designed to meet any future widening needs for the freeway.
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