Storm-damaged Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge is removed

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

Caltrans plans to quickly rebuild vital bridge

The Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge on State Route 1 in Monterey County was closed to pedestrian and vehicular traffic February 15, after heavy rains caused a landslide under the structure damaging one of its main support columns.

The bridge, which was built in 1968, was demolished over the span of a week. Engineers used a 6,000-ton wrecking ball and other equipment to strike precise points on the bridge to force it to break apart.

Caltrans interviews a bridge construction engineer and structure representative about plans to expedite the rebuilding of the expanse between the Big Sur community and the Monterey/Carmel area to the north: The video can be viewed at:

This News Flash is the 127th in a series of videos highlighting Caltrans’ activities that present the wide-ranging and critical work that Caltrans does to enhance California’s economy and livability. To see more of these and other videos, search for #CaltransNewsFlash on Twitter or click here.


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