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Many individuals within the Sugar Home space of Salt Lake Metropolis got here out to see UDOT crews transfer a brand new bridge on 1700 East over I-80 get moved into place on Saturday. (Jack Grimm, KSL-TV)

Estimated learn time: 2-3 minutes

SALT LAKE CITY — Even on Saturdays, it is OK for youths to study.

Henry, 4, and his sister Meredith, 6, had the most effective classroom of all Saturday as a result of it was one the place they simply may bear in mind what they noticed in entrance of them.

“Whoa, that is rather a lot,” Meredith mentioned.

“They needed to scoop up all of the rocks and issues,” mentioned her grandfather, Robert Burr.

Plenty of individuals within the Sugar Home space got here out to see their new bridge on 1700 East over Interstate 80 get moved into place. The Utah Division of Transportation knew individuals can be excited, so that they determined to carry a bit watch social gathering.

“It is cool to have them see the workings of the town,” mentioned Whitney Wilde, Henry and Meredith’s mom. “I believe it is nice for them to see all of this.”

UDOT even gave the children playdough, a toy dump truck, and scorching canines for everybody.

“The new canines are scrumptious,” Burr mentioned.

Who knew watching a bridge transfer was such a spectator sport?

“It is thrilling since you do not see this daily,” mentioned Andy Wargula.

It is not a quick course of. Utilizing hydraulic jacks and low-friction pads, the bridge is moved about 5-10 toes each hour.

It took about six hours to slip into place. Nonetheless, UDOT used a course of it developed referred to as Accelerated Bridge Development to make the general undertaking much less of a burden to those that stay within the space.

“They constructed it over right here they usually’re sliding it over right here. That method, this bridge, the present bridge, may very well be used,” mentioned Wargula, who lives within the space and has been watching the undertaking all alongside.

The Accelerated Bridge Development technique was pioneered by UDOT engineers. It has been used dozens of instances throughout the state and lots of different state transportation departments have come to Utah to study the tactic.

“We have been capable of decrease impacts to individuals and simply getting in and getting out over a single weekend,” mentioned Becky Stromness, a UDOT undertaking supervisor. “The pavement that is out right here, together with the bridges, has been right here for the reason that Nineteen Sixties. That is the unique stuff and it is come time to switch it. It has aged out and the circumstances have been deteriorating, and the journey wasn’t that nice.”

The outdated bridge was demolished Friday night. The brand new bridge, which was constructed close by, was then slid into place.

It is easy sufficient to clarify so even a 6-year-old and a 4-year-old can perceive it.

“That is form of cool, huh?” their grandfather mentioned to them.

Watching the bridge transfer may encourage them to at some point possibly develop the following massive factor.

“It is not only a building web site, however it’s a neighborhood undertaking,” Burr mentioned. “So, it has been good.”

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