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Posted by Tasha Weiss on July 16, 2012 at 5:07 PM.
A five-million-lb. flyover ramp was lifted yesterday to accommodate new roadway construction on Interstate 595 near Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The curved steel tub girder bridge that connects southbound University Drive to eastbound I-595 was raised 18 in. within a 24-hour period.
Synchronized hydraulic jacks slowly raised the bridge, and a team of about 50 construction workers inserted 18 shims that hold up the flyover, according to an article published in The Miami Herald. The south part of the ramp will be removed in order to make room for more lanes that will widen I-595.
The article states the original plan was to remove both flyover ramps that connect University Drive and I-595. Raising the ramp was the alternative that helped save time–and taxpayer dollars–by keeping one whole bridge and using half of the one being lifted.
University Drive and I-595 closed beginning at 11:30 p.m. on Saturday and reopened by today’s morning rush hour, with the exception of the flyover ramp on southbound University.
You can read more in The Miami Herald.