Over 100 Excavators Tear Down a Chinese Overpass in One Weekend

Michele Debczak
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It is possible to complete a major infrastructure project without disrupting the weekday commute—you just need to gather over 100 excavators in one place. As Business Insider reports, a 1640-foot overpass in China's Jiangxi Province was dismantled in one weekend using a fleet of 116 demolition vehicles.

The process began at 10:30 p.m. on Friday, August 26. By the end of the night, the highway’s main structure had been reduced to rubble by two rows of excavators drilling away at it from either side. It took 56 hours all together to complete the project and reopen the bridge in time for the Monday morning rush.

The narrow, 24-year-old roadway had reportedly grown congested in light of China’s rising car ownership. In 2015, the nation registered about 24 million new cars, bumping their total up to 172 million. The demolished bridge will also make way for a new subway system, which will hopefully alleviate some of that vehicle traffic. You can witness the efficient destruction in the video below.

[h/t Business Insider]

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