Bridges and overpasses are weighty, even when broken in a thousand pieces. Even their pieces take up enormous room in a landfill, hastening the day when the landfill reaches capacity and must be replaced.
Is there a way to prevent thousands of tons of concrete and asphalt from being dumped into landfills, you might ask.
By crushing the concrete and asphalt (the steel rebar is recyclable) from the bridges and other I-405 project demolitions, these “recycling crusher” sites within the project boundaries generate “aggregate,” which will form the base of the new roadway laid by the project contractors. This will reduce traffic from trucks hauling that material offsite and bringing it back when it is needed.
Other crushers will pulverize rock from excavated hillsides adjoining the project.
Crushing the material onsite might save approximately 200,000 tons of demolition material from reaching local landfills. That equals the weight of 4,000 blue whales at birth or the weight of an empty crude oil supertanker.
Check here for more information on how AQMD rules govern the multiple project crushers.
These photographs were taken in December 2010 at the crusher site north of the Getty Trail Head and east of the I-405.
Construction Relations Team:
Kasey Shuda - Manager, Construction Relations
Erika Estrada - Sunset Segment (Constitution Av to Sepulveda Bl)
Megan Nangle - Wilshire Segment (National Bl to Constitution Av)
Ron Macias - Mulholland Segment (Sepulveda B. to Ventura Bl)
Ned Racine - New Media
Yvette ZR Rapose - Director of Construction Relations
Metro Community Relations
6060 Center Dr., 2nd Flr.
Los Angeles, CA 90045-2952
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