Posted: Feb 22, 2013 4:55 PM by Elise Oggioni
Updated: Feb 22, 2013 8:19 PM
COLUMBIA - Despite the snow storm that hit Columbia Thursday, public works crews went ahead with previously scheduled construction Friday evening.
Crews started to remove the pedestrian bridge on Providence Road by Douglass High School around 7:30 p.m. Workers spent about 30 minutes beforehand to clear snow for the demolition trucks to get through to the bridge.
Despite the snow storm, public works officials told KOMU 8 News the weather did not hinder the project. Richard Stone, one of the engineers on the project, said there was extensive communication between contractors and crews as to how to precede with the construction after the snow.
"We looked at the weather today and saw that the snow was mostly cleared, it was more than 10 degrees, so we knew we could go ahead with plans," Stone said.
Stone said the removal of the bridge is just one step in a project to change how pedestrians cross Providence Road between Ash and Worley Street. He also said the decision to remove the bridge was because pedestrians didn't seem to be using the bridge much at all.
Officials said the lack of traffic and pedestrians may make the process of removing the bridge simpler. Stone said the removal will last until 9 a.m. Saturday at the earliest. Crews will be working overnight on the construction during this time.
Providence Road between Ash and Worley streets will be closed as well until the construction is finished.