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Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge taking shape in Big Sur as Caltrans installs massive steel girders

Timelapse: See Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge take shape in Big Sur

This timelapse video of Caltrans' work on the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge in Big Sur shows steel girders being pulled to the edge of the north abutment in preparation for launch across the canyon. The original bridge on Highway 1 was damaged in winter
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This timelapse video of Caltrans' work on the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge in Big Sur shows steel girders being pulled to the edge of the north abutment in preparation for launch across the canyon. The original bridge on Highway 1 was damaged in winter

Caltrans crews are installing steel girders for the new Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge this week, according to a news release.

Installation began on Monday, according to Caltrans spokesman Jim Shivers.

“What will happen is the cables and pulleys will slowly guide this more than 300-foot span across the canyon,” Shivers said.

The girders will rest on a temporary support structure until they are completely in place. Once that happens, the girders will be raised, allowing crews to remove the support structure, and then the girders will be lowered and locked into place, Shivers said.

He said the process is expected to be completed within the week.

“It’s a slow, methodical process, one that has to be done with extreme precision and safety,” Shivers said.

The original Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge was deemed unsafe and permanently closed in mid-February after winter storms caused the bridge to crack and buckle. The old bridge was demolished in mid-March.

Caltrans remains on schedule to open the new bridge in late September, Shivers said.

Gabby Ferreira: 805-781-7858, @Its_GabbyF

See how Caltrans is planning to rebuild the new Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge on Highway 1 in Big Sur. The new bridge will be a single span, 310-foot-long steel girder bridge without any support columns. Steel girders will be launched across the canyon i

The third and final span of the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge in Big Sur was demolished on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. The bridge was deemed unsafe in February because it shifted after of a series of strong storms.

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