I-5 Willamette River Bridge Demolition (Eugene, OR)
Owner: Oregon Department of Transportation
Contractor: Hamilton Construction
Project Location: Eugene, Oregon
Engineering Service: Construction Support Engineering
McGee Engineering developed a bridge demolition plan for the decommisioned I-5 Bridge over the Willamette River in Eugene, Oregon. The demolition work took place in early 2010. The six 143′ main spans of cast-in-place concrete box girders over the Willamette River were demolished with additional demolition occurring to reinforced concrete deck girder spans and a steel girder span in the approach structures.
The work was especially challenging in that portions of the demolition were performed by machinery on top of the bridge, with other demolition performed simultaneously from the work bridge below. Delicate staging of the work was necessary to avoid major collapse of the box girder spans.
The work was sequenced to maintain structure stability as the continuity of the spans was interrupted. The resulting take-down of the cantilevered box girder segments from below was conducted in such a manner as would maintain balance at all instances.
The work proceeded faster than expected and the main spans were entirely removed in about three weeks, allowing work to begin on the new in-river substructure immediately thereafter. The existing piers were wire-sawn (with some saw cutting under water) and lifted onto the work bridge where they were rubblized and removed.
Demolition engineering for detour bridge included removal of 116,000+ square feet of precast box beams, 2500+ linear feet of bulb-I girders with composite deck, and 1800 linear feet of steel plate girders with composite deck, concrete cap beams, concrete columns, and drilled shaft foundations. Demolition performed from above deck over waterways, railroad tracks, and roadways with heavy equipment on spans during demo.
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