Demolition makes way for bridge

Building used for equipment storage

  • Sep. 27, 2011 12:00 p.m.

A demolition team began dismantling two of three city-owned buildings Tuesday slated to come down to make way for the new Johnson Street Bridge.

The buildings, on the west side of the bridge, were used for equipment storage, including a fire truck.

By building the new bridge to the north of the current Johnson Street Bridge, it allows the city to keep the old bridge open to traffic during the construction period, said Katie Josephson, spokesperson for the city.

Meanwhile, the bridge replacement project steams ahead

The city received the federal permits required to proceed.

On Wednesday morning, eight contractors, who pre-qualified for the job, received tender packages to deconstruct the rail bridge, which has sat in the raised position since it was deemed unsafe for crossing.