Saturday, June 14, 2008

Insane Balancing Act in South Charleston


A while back I read an article about the innovative construction technique being used on the new I64 bridge from Dunbar to South Charleston. It seems this concrete structure is being poured in place, extending from the piers outward. It has been slow going on the Dunbar side, but the part of the bridge that will cross MacCorkle Avenue is growing by leaps and bounds. It's really begin to start to look scary as both sides of the cantilever have begun to extend past the limits of what looks like common sense. I really hope the engineers have done their math correctly.

2 comments:

Wv Sky said...

I agree. As I drove under that thing, I thought "this is insane". If anything can ever go wrong in construction, this has to be the first place to look.

Rebecca Burch said...

I was pretty nervous driving under that thing the other day! It is interesting watching it come together, though.