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Carmaggedon demolition project set to begin

July 14, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
With just one day to go until one of the biggest freeway closures in state history, Caltrans is working hard, making sure everything goes off without a hitch. Final preparations are under way for Friday night's 405 Freeway closure.

A 10-mile stretch of the road will be shut down between the 10 and the 101 freeways.

See a live cam shot of the Mulholland Bridge construction site.

There is a caravan of excavators and earth-movers standing by. The plan is to roll them in overnight Thursday so they'll be in place Friday morning to work on the Mulholland Drive bridge.

"It is going very smoothly, all the stuff's coming in. We're starting to assemble all the parts and pieces," said Dan Kulka, Kiewit Infrastructure Group.

Kiewit, which heads the operation, rolled in heavy equipment overnight. But 20 more huge pieces are due in Thursday night. Their transport has been timed to avoid the heavy rush-hour traffic

"[A hoe ram] is just a giant jackhammer hydraulically operated, so we have several of those coming in. That is sort of the centerpiece of the demolition," said Kulka.

All set are the dirt piles that will be spread out to protect the pavement from falling chunks. The target zone for that hoe ram is marked and ready.

"You can see some hash marks there. We have already prepared the demolition there. We have cut the steel can around there in preparation for peeling that off," said Kulka. "That column and the super-structure above that column is what we're demolishing."

"We're feeling very confident that we will meet our commitment to the community and open the freeway at 5 o'clock in the morning. We'll open the ramps and the bridge itself at 6 o'clock in the morning," said Kulka.

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