You might notice something missing from Bismarck’s skyline this weekend.
The tower crane on ninth street outside the Saint Alexius Hospital is finally coming down.
However…that doesn’t mean the lane it has blocked will be open just yet.
Avery Bofinger reports.
For a little over two years…this 90 foot crane has been blocking the right hand lane on 9th street…but today it starts to come down…
…and the team working on it might be as excited as you.
“We want to get this crane down, so that it won’t block the lane of traffic that has been blocked for this long and so long. So we’re very excited to see this project coming to a close”
Although you might have never seen the crane move…it helped install two new air handlers on the roof of St. Alexius Hospital.
“We might only use it three times a week…but we have to have it those three times a week…we can’t set this big crane up three times a week”
“It doesn’t use energy very efficiently…we have to meet standards down there. So what they’ve done with this unit…this unit is actually split in half”
The new mulch-million dollar state of the art air filtration system humidifies and provides cleaner air for a 100,000 square foot wing of the hospital
The removal of the crane will take about eight to twelve hours.
A smaller crane has been brought in to help remove it…which has a part of Thayer blocked until tomorrow night…but you still might see some cranes around.
“We still have some minor things to put on the roof but we can do it with portable cranes that can come in and out quickly”
They hope to have 9th street repaired and the right hand lane back open by September first.
The crew hoped to have more done by now but the weather has put a bit of a delay on the process.