It's really cold tonight. How cold? Cold enough to break a bridge?
Nearly 14 years ago on January 22, 2003 when the old Paseo Bridge (see my December 2015 post on the original Paseo Bridge renderings) was closed when one of the joints failed because of the extreme cold weather. I didn't remember why the failure happened so I did some research.
I came across an eight page proposal written by Genda Chen and Lokesh Dharani to look at the structural failures which you can read here or you could just follow along with snippets. The proposal had some detailed pictures of the failure.
After intensive research and study team of G. Chen, C. Courtright, L. R. Dharani, and B. Xu (full 98 page report here) came to the following conclusions:
Too bad the superstructure of the bridge wasn't designed as good as the substructure of the bridge. It would have lasted forever. Dykon Blasting Corporation had to use quite a bit of explosives to get the piers demolished. The company website has a pretty simple summary of the demolition here. I also pulled these pictures and text from an article by David Hersey that he wrote for the September/October 2012 edition of the Journal of Explosive Engineers.
Robert Ohl uploaded the following video of the blast which happened at night.
I came across this video by KCHistoryman Meade which has a bunch of neat old pictures of the bridge. I'm glad there are people like him who do stuff like this.
Enjoy memories of the old bridge and while forgetting about the frequent backups on it. I think I gave credit to everyone but if I missed you, let me know and I will update the post. I'm glad folks took the time to document the old Paseo Bridge.