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San Diego International Airport Installs Two Bridges in One Night

Over the course of just one night, the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority successfully installed two pedestrian sky bridges in front of Terminal 2. The bridges will connect a dual-level roadway to the terminal as part of The Green Build Terminal 2 expansion program. The Green Build, which recently reached its halfway point, is the largest construction project in the airport’s history.

Crews worked from 10:30 p.m. Friday, May 18, to 5:00 a.m. Saturday morning, May 19, to install the bridges. The bridges were assembled on site and then moved into position by trailer. Once in position, a crane lifted each 100-ton bridge into place and securely mounted them into their permanent locations. The pedestrian bridges will open when The Green Build is complete in August 2013.

Working Day and Night: Crews Complete Pedestrian Bridge Demolition

On May 21, 2010, engineers and construction crews for The Green Build Terminal 2 improvement project were tasked with removing the pedestrian bridge connecting Terminal 2 East with the parking lot at San Diego International Airport. The demolition made way for construction of a new dual-level roadway in front of the terminal, which will help relieve curbside congestion.

The Charge: Demolish the pedestrian bridge in the safest way possible and with minimal disruption to the traveling public.

The Challenge: The bridge, made of concrete, extended over the Terminal 2 roadway, requiring a detour in order to keep airport visitors safe as crews took down the bridge.

The Plan: The construction team planned for a detour around the pedestrian bridge area that would last approximately 28 hours, from Friday night through Saturday, typically the airport's slowest travel day. To help travelers, the team added signage to the detour to direct traffic, staffed the detour with flaggers and posted signage on Harbor Drive. The Airport Authority also alerted the public via a construction e-alert, on its Facebook and Twitter pages, and via a media advisory.

The Result: The demolition of the Terminal 2 East pedestrian bridge was a huge success. The construction team finished ahead of schedule, and the roadway in front of Terminal 2 was reopened to traffic ahead of time on Saturday.

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