Big Sur's Damaged Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge Comes Crashing Down | NBC Bay Area

Big Sur's Damaged Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge Comes Crashing Down



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    Crews clean up after tearing down the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge in Big Sur. (March 18, 2017)

    After a few days filled with headaches, crews in Big Sur on Saturday were finally able to demolish the irreparable Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge.

    The bridge, which suffered serious damage as a result of this winter's powerful storms, met its demise when crews used a chisel to weaken the strength of structure.

    The successful tear-down attempt comes on the heels of failed efforts to demolish the bridge with a 6,000-pound wrecking ball.

    A giant crane dropped a 6,000-pound wrecking ball on the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge on March 13, 2017.
    Photo credit: NBC Bay Area

    Workers will now work to remove debris and clean up the area as they prepare for a new bridge install.

    A steel structure replacement could be rebuilt in as little as six months, according to Caltrans. The bridge replacement project is expected to cost around $20 million.

    The rebuild is expected to commence next week if weather permits.

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