"Carmageddon" Observations (Amended)*
Just a few comments on "Carmageddon", the anticipated cataclysmic closure of the 405 Freeway in West Los Angeles and the traffic snarls that were supposed to follow.
LIVE FEED IS FUN
Channel 11 has had a live streaming video camera set up all day and I've ducked in for a peek every once in awhile. You can view that feed HERE, (looks like Channel 11 took the camera down. When I checked at 3:30 Sunday it was only a blank screen. It was fun to watch while it lasted.) but it will require you to have Microsoft Silverlight software loaded. It might take a couple seconds to load... be patient.
LOOKS TO BE AHEAD OF SCHEDULE
This has been fascinating to watch. Right now, at around 2:20 p.m., they look to be finished with the demolition and are now beginning to load up the caravan of large trucks to haul away the debris. At this pace I won't be surprised if they finish well ahead of their 5:00 a.m. Monday deadline.
LIKE WATCHING "JURASSIC PARK"
These video images reminded me of watching a scene from Jurassic Park. The huge mobile jackhammers stretched to the sky - about 60 feet - chipping away at the south side of the Mulholland Bridge, surgically removing the concrete and rebar was like a dental technician removing plaque from your teeth. At one time there were 6 of those enormous machines working, three below and three on top, gracefully reaching out and tap, tap, tapping away.
LOADING THE RUBBLE WITH BALLET-LIKE PRECISION
They are gone now and more "prehistoric machines" are now scooping the rubble into piles so front-loaders can pick it up and deposit it into the trucks. Somewhere in the background I can still hear the tapping going on, so I assume some of the larger chunks still require pulverization before loading.
*TIME LAPSE VIDEO
Check this out... it's a time lapse link showing the demolition. It's only 32 seconds, but a hoot to watch
WHAT ABOUT LITTLE CHUNKS OF RESIDUE?
I hope this project continues as it has been going. I do find myself wondering if there will be little chunks of debris dropping onto the traffic come Monday morning... OUCH!