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Gallery: Wilshire Bl Pile Driving

Workers assemble the pile-driving hammer in the lead (its housing) to prepare for pile-driving operations. Not exactly high technology, but it works. A hammer pounds an H-beam (named for its cross-section shape) into the ground, driving the pile to its required tip elevation and design load.
Photograph Co This worker controls the pile-driving hammer pounding piles into the ground near Wilshire Bl. Eventually, 16 of these piles will be driven in the ground near the Wilshire Bl/I-405 intersections.
Phot A worker cuts a whole in an H-beam to install a lifting cable used to raise the steel beam.
Photograph Courtesy of Metro. © 2010 LACMTA A lattice boom truck crane holds the hammer housing erect. The Wilshire Bl pile driving was the first pile driving on the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project. In the near background, Wilshire Bl The piles average 74 feet in height and weigh 89 pounds per foot, weighing in at just over three tons. The onsite bridge engineer counts each blow the hammer strikes against each pile to gauge soil re Workers install a pile into the hammer housing before the pile is driven into the ground. The four completed Wilshire Bl ramps will have a higher traffic capacity, meaning Wilshire Bl traffic will be
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