Bridge crews begin pouring concrete

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March 31, 2008 // UPDATED 1:44 pm - April 7, 2008
By: Dylan Thomas
Dylan Thomas

Crews on the Interstate 35W bridge construction site will continue pouring concrete for the south approach span this week while a giant crane is assembled just down the river, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) reported Monday.

Crews spent weeks assembling forms for the concrete before beginning the pour last week. The south approach span is the portion of the bridge over land on the south side of the Mississippi River.

Concrete pours for the north approach span were scheduled to begin April 14, MnDOT reported.

Meanwhile, “Big Ben,” a huge, barge-mounted crane, will be assembled in the area of Bohemian Flats, just south of the construction site. Assembly was scheduled to begin this week and take up to three weeks to complete.

Big Ben was expected out on the river by mid-May, where it will lift pre-cast concrete segments into place to form the main bridge span. Construction crews planned to have more than 40 of the 120 segments cast by the end of this week.