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Date: 10/10/11 12:22 PM

26 Responses to A Bridge Too Far: The Dismantling Of An Old Bridge

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    piperfawn Male 30-39
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    October 10, 2011 at 12:24 pm
    Link: A Bridge Too Far: The Dismantling Of An Old Bridge - An 18-hour time-lapse clip of the dismantling bridge in the UK. Who said road construction guys were slow?
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    Buiadh Male 30-39
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    October 10, 2011 at 12:31 pm
    Huzzah for British efficiency!
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    October 10, 2011 at 12:32 pm
    What a sad day to be a bridge!
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    October 10, 2011 at 12:36 pm
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    draquoir Male 18-29
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    October 10, 2011 at 12:39 pm
    The music is pretty much amazing.
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    Vligon Male 18-29
    594 posts
    October 10, 2011 at 12:49 pm
    Needs more Benny Hill ...
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    pmarren Male 40-49
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    October 10, 2011 at 12:55 pm
    I`ve seen much more efficient removal of a bridge with some well placed explosives.
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    piperfawn Male 30-39
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    October 10, 2011 at 12:56 pm
    Gerry your picture is meant for some photoshop dirty job?
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    piperfawn Male 30-39
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    October 10, 2011 at 12:57 pm
    pmarren the intersting fact on this work is that they don`t have destroied the bridge as in some redneck dream, they have dismantled it piece to piece with a clean and well organized work.
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    BexyWexy Female 30-39
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    October 10, 2011 at 1:27 pm
    Doing it that way purely meant they didn`t have to close before to install explosives, they also didn`t have to close right through, until they were detonated. Health and safety would never have allowed the carridge way to stay live during that time.

    The A1(M) is one of the main routes through the UK, and to close it for several days to "blow it up" would`ve been impossible. It was closed for less than a day, and it`s pretty impressive how quickly it came down, with the least amount of fuss. Sometimes blowing things up just isn`t necessary.
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    Fwoggie2 Male 30-39
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    October 10, 2011 at 1:55 pm
    The A1M as someone else said is a major artery, you can`t blow poo up on such major routes, it`s like that carmageddon bridge in LA recently. Dismantling it via jcb`s/caterpillar`s is far more straightforward and guarantees a result.
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    jsatan Male 18-29
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    October 10, 2011 at 3:15 pm
    I smiled, towards the end where the diggers are moving rubble to a transport there`re sweepers waiting. Seemed just like when a lion pride is eat a kill. The small ones wait `til last but try to jump in from time to time (if you watch).
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    turbotong Male 18-29
    600 posts
    October 10, 2011 at 4:00 pm
    In China, this poo gets done in half the time. In the USA, this poo takes 18 weeks.
    I kid you not, I have lived in both countries and wittnessed construction projects in both.
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    turbotong Male 18-29
    600 posts
    October 10, 2011 at 4:14 pm
    o.O when did IAB start replacing the shatoki mushrooms with the word poo?
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    cyborg Male 13-17
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    October 10, 2011 at 6:02 pm
    neat
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    flyingpie Male 13-17
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    October 10, 2011 at 7:14 pm
    i was disappointed at the lack of explosives
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    CaptainPabst Male 18-29
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    October 10, 2011 at 7:55 pm
    @jsatan How high are you
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    ryan99 Male 13-17
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    October 10, 2011 at 8:14 pm
    How da hell dey s`posed to get `cross now?!
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    Khronnus Male 18-29
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    October 10, 2011 at 8:41 pm
    Why was this a thing?
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    carmium Female 50-59
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    October 10, 2011 at 9:30 pm
    In America I think they`d spend four days rigging it, a few seconds blowing it up, and another four days clearing the debris.
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
    15844 posts
    October 10, 2011 at 9:42 pm
    So, why`d they tear it down? It must have been a pretty damned good bridge if it could hold both of those track-hoes.
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    tommy2X4 Male 50-59
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    October 11, 2011 at 3:31 am
    The puppet masters are planning on replacing operators with computers.
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    greekhop Male 30-39
    116 posts
    October 11, 2011 at 7:03 am
    Why not just leave it there? Whos it bothering? A disused bridge. One day it`ll be an ancient monument...
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    I-IS-BORED Male 18-29
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    October 11, 2011 at 8:10 am
    @greekhop
    will it be the monument to the people killed when it collapsed during rush hour?
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    jsatan Male 18-29
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    October 11, 2011 at 12:25 pm
    @CaptainPabst lol. Com`on, did no one else see it? The little road sweepers jumping in and grabbing some rubble, then moving out as soon as the big boy swing around. Just reminded me of lions and hyenas.
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    elderban Male 30-39
    390 posts
    October 12, 2011 at 11:27 am
    Ahhh....UK. That explains it. If it was in the US it would take 18 months and go over budget by a few million. Not to mention that there would be 20 people standing around doing nothing.

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