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Published: 5/12/2014


Curtis Street bridge torn down

No cars have driven on the Curtis Street bridge since 1970. But a footpath on the old bridge linked a South Toledo neighborhood together. That link was broken on Sunday, May 11, 2014, when, piece by piece, the bridge was torn down. CLICK ANY PHOTO TO ENLARGE AND START SLIDESHOW.

Work begins with the destruction of the pedestrian walkway, which was on the northwest side of the bridge. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Work begins with the destruction of the pedestrian walkway, which was on the northwest side of the bridge.
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Timbers on the rails give the large excavator a place to work and protects the rails from the falling debris. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Timbers on the rails give the large excavator a place to work and protects the rails from the falling debris.
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After a support was cut, the bridge collapses from the middle. Enlarge | Buy This Photo After a support was cut, the bridge collapses from the middle.
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The excavator cuts through the far wall, disconnecting the two halves of the bridge. Enlarge | Buy This Photo The excavator cuts through the far wall, disconnecting the two halves of the bridge.
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A section of the bridge's side, complete with graffiti. Enlarge | Buy This Photo A section of the bridge's side, complete with graffiti.
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A second excavator, far left, works with the one below the bridge, right, to buckle the remaining supports of the bridge's north side. Enlarge | Buy This Photo A second excavator, far left, works with the one below the bridge, right, to buckle the remaining supports of the ...
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One of the excavators with a shear to slice through the metal and the timbers of the bridge. Enlarge | Buy This Photo One of the excavators with a shear to slice through the metal and the timbers of the bridge.
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The excavator twists a steel beam to detach it from the bridge. Enlarge | Buy This Photo The excavator twists a steel beam to detach it from the bridge.
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The excavator removes the wooden planks of the bridge and the steel beams below the surface. Enlarge | Buy This Photo The excavator removes the wooden planks of the bridge and the steel beams below the surface.
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The Curtis Street bridge, looking south, before the start of the demolition by Norfolk Southern. Enlarge | Buy This Photo The Curtis Street bridge, looking south, before the start of the demolition by Norfolk Southern.
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Timbers on the rails give the large excavator a place to work and protects the rails from the falling debris. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Timbers on the rails give the large excavator a place to work and protects the rails from the falling debris.
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