Memorial Bridge Update: Demolition Begins
A barge called the Cape Cod moved into position Tuesday underneath the Memorial Bridge, that links Maine and New Hampshire, to begin the demolition process. Crews will then disconnect the 2-million-pound bridge span from its supporting cable and lower it onto a barge Tuesday night. The barge has four, 300 ton hydraulic jacks that will be used in the process. Four tug boats will be used to move the barge and the bridge span out of the way. A Chicago-based contracting firm Archer Western won the bid to take down the bridge and build the new one. Officials said the contractor hopes to have the new bridge open by July 2013.