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Officials celebrate Doyle Drive demolition success

Friday, May 04, 2012
65,000 tons of concrete and steel rebar were knocked down to make way for the temporary Doyle Drive bypass. Doyel Drive Doyle Drive

Local and state officials are celebrating the successful demolition of Doyle Drive last weekend.

Phase one of the Presidio Parkway project is now complete. A fleet of 300 workers and 40 excavators demolished 151 bridge spans and 307 columns in just 57 hours.

Mayor Ed Lee says he's excited about the project that is going to open up the Presidio.

"This feels exactly like I felt when the Embarcadero freeway went down, when the Octavia ramps went down; the community opened up, we knew we were trying to do the right things, we knew we were trying to make things seismically safe," Lee said.

Cleaning up the debris from the demolition is expected to take two months.

The next major step in the parkway project will begin in the fall. The entire roadway is expected to be complete in 2015.


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