This is neat

AP: Engineering marvel draws near to completion. I am always awed by great human achievements like this, probably because I have a hard time changing my bicycle’s tires.

When crane operator Kevin Raines first heard that a new bridge would bypass the roadway over the dam that his late boss helped build in the 1930s, he said, “I want to be part of it, it’s historical,” recalled the 56-year-old from southern Utah.

For about eight months, Raines teetered on the edge of a steep canyon in his crane, high above the river carrying 20-ton boulders excavated from the canyon walls and the miners who were hired to blast them out. The work was to help support the arches for the bridge.

“It was a real unique one-of-a-kind type job,” said Raines, who has helped build 36 casinos and high-rise buildings in Las Vegas. “Not many people get that chance.”


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5 responses to “This is neat

  1. A.O.

    We’re addicted to the Science Channel shows like Build It Bigger and How It’s Made – all totally cool stuff. I want to fly to France to see the new Millau Viaduct, a mile and a half over the Tarn River. Science Channel says: “The viaduct is the longest cable-stayed bridge and the tallest road bridge in the world. It’s also perhaps the most beautiful, thanks to architect Norman Foster and structural engineer Michel Virlogeux’s sweeping, curved design. Super-tall concrete pylons (at 1,125 feet, one is taller than the Eiffel tower) and steel cables support the world’s highest vehicular road deck.”

  2. Cos Cobber

    I’m with you A.O. Those shows are fantastic. Its what I let my 3 year old watch.

  3. whatever

    cos cob,

    that and “how to install above ground pools…and plows”

    just having fun!

  4. Cos Cobber

    We dont have to watch tv to learn how to do that. Same with building stone patios and plowing snow.