Crews Sunday worked to dismantle a crane outside a 31-story building that began to tip precariously on Friday, forcing officers to evacuate several buildings in downtown Atlanta and close the surrounding streets.
The company said in a statement on Sunday that it expects West Peachtree Street to remain closed until the end of the week. They said they expected local residents and people who work in regional businesses to be able to return to their offices and homes beforehand, but did not provide an exact schedule of when it would happen other than saying it would happen after it was determined became that the area is safe.
“We remain in touch with officials and property owners affected by this situation,” the company said.
According to local media, the massive crane was dismantled on Friday when a mechanical failure caused it to tip over. The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that firefighters rescued hundreds of people from homes and businesses after discovering the crane could fall on buildings underneath.
The company announced on Sunday that the crews are reinforcing the crane first before it can be disfigured
An inclined crane in front of a 31-story office tower is shown in Atlanta on Friday, February 19, 2021. Authorities said several buildings in Midtown Atlanta were evacuated due to concerns about a large crane on a construction site. (John Spink / Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
ntled. As soon as the crooked crane is dismantled, the crews have to dismantle the equipment brought in for support.
The crane sits next to and in close proximity to a 31-story office tower that developers say is the tallest building built in Atlanta since the Great Recession, the Atlanta Journal’s Constitution reported. Tech giant Google will be among its tenants, the newspaper reported.
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