ATLANTA – The giant construction crane that has swayed over West Peachtree Street since last Friday, threatening pedestrians and traffic below, could soon be repaired.
In a statement released Thursday, Birmingham-based construction company Brasfield & Gorrie said efforts to repair the damaged crane had been completed.
“The crews have started removing the top horizontal members of the tower crane,” the statement said. “This work will continue through the evening. Once this phase is complete and the area is safe, we will coordinate with Atlanta Fire and other officials so that residents of the evacuated residence can return to the area and see when it is safe for business is to be returned. “
The crane on the grounds of 1105 West Peachtree began leaning dangerously from its joints last Friday, urging rescue workers to close the road between 10th and 14th Streets to traffic in the downtown area and nearby shops and apartment buildings to evacuate.
Brasfield & Gorrie paid hotel expenses for displaced persons in nearby apartments and condominiums, spokeswoman Meg Burton said. Meanwhile, two mobile cranes came in to support the dangling structure while the crews worked to dismantle it.
When the towering crane is removed, the two “auxiliary cranes” must be taken apart.
“We assume that West Peachtree Street will remain closed until the service cranes are dismantled,” said the Brasfield & Gorrie statement.
The company initially announced last weekend that it expected the work to be completed by the end of this week.
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