Peak summer has been reached in CNY with the arrival of one of the most intense road constructions projects of the season. The eastbound lanes of I-690 through downtown Syracuse are now closed for approximately one week as crews remove and replace the bridge deck. The rhythmic sounds of dueling excavator mounted jackhammers drew me to this wonderful scene on a hot summer day.
Similar projects like this one have taken place over the past few years on this stretch of road. Three years ago I brought you coverage of the new bridge deck being dropped in place on the westbound stretch of 690 directly behind this shot. Click here to reminisce.
Here we see the demolition wing trailer designed by Sessler Wrecking of Waterloo, NY. The wings allow for roadways underneath bridges to remain open during demolition. Personally, I’d rather have the road closed. Either way it’s a unique setup and a new one for me.
There is a good possibility we’ll see more from this project in the coming week but if not, we’ll always have July of 2013. Also, I consider this a small taste of the carnage to come when I-81 is demolished within the next five years. I can hardly wait!
Update: A few decent shots from Syracuse.com of the work. Click here.