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Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge in Big Sur has officially crossed the span

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

The new Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge has crossed the span, Caltrans said Friday, bringing weather-battered Highway 1 in Big Sur one step closer to restoration.

Work installing steel girders began Monday, and workers spent the week using cables and pulleys to pull the bridge into place over the 300-foot canyon span.

“It’s a slow, methodical process, one that has to be done with extreme precision and safety,” Caltrans spokesman Jim Shivers told The Tribune on Tuesday.

The original Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge was demolished after winter storms caused it to buckle. The replacement bridge is expected to be opened by late September, according to Caltrans.

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.

Caltrans offered a look at the work being done to build the new Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge, which was demolished earlier this year after it was worn down by winter storms and deemed unsafe.

Andrew Sheeler: 805-781-7929, @andrewsheeler

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