Demolition Work Begins on Goleta Beach Bridge

The new Goleta Beach Bridge was opened to traffic last month, but there are a few more items to finish before the entire project is complete. The contractor is currently halfway through demolition work on the old bridge. This video shows a hydraulic breaker demolishing the concrete and moving it aside before it is removed from the work area. The breaker weighs about 8000 pounds and applies impact loads of around 1200 pounds. Any aquatic life that was in the area has been removed until the work is complete. Sheet piles will help retain the gravel work area and outside exclusion curtains help isolate the slough during the demolition. Work finished on the north side of the slough last week and will start on the south side next week. The bridge demolition should take about three weeks to complete.
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