East Moline water tower demolished


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Posted Online: April 16, 2013, 7:04 pm
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By Anthony Watt, awatt@qconline.com
A century-old fixture on East Moline's downtown skyline was brought down Tuesday with a flare of sparks and the groan of tortured steel.

The 500,000-gallon water tower that served the downtown was built in 1912 and was at the point it would cost more to maintain it than replace it, Chip Drake, director of the city's water and sewer plants, said.

It was taken offline and drained in February, and parts of it were removed.On Tuesday, workers from Iseler Demolition Inc., of Michigan, armed with cutting torches climbed the tower to finish the job, aided by a crane on the ground.

Scott Iseler said his company does such demolitions around the country. "This is what we do for a living."

Tuesday, his crew burned slits into the steel of the white tank and its supporting beams with torches, punching through the metal in great showers of sparks.

Once, a huge triangular piece of the tank began to wobble as more and more cuts were made, causing a sound almost like sheet plastic being shaken.

The piece already was secured to the crane by cables so when it finally came loose, it dangled for several seconds before the crane operator lowered it to the ground.

For the upright supports that girded the tower on its central support, the technique was similar -- take it apart in vertical segments, almost like lumberjacks taking down trees -- and lower them to the ground to be cut into smaller pieces.

Mr. Iseler said the pieces being removed ranged anywhere from 6,000 to 9,000 pounds. A tractor-trailer hauled the pieces away to be recycled.

The demolition was expected to be done Tuesday, or today, Mr. Drake said. The project -- demolition of the old tower and replacing it -- is estimated to cost about $1.8 million. Other city towers are filling the service gap left by the downtown tower being taken offline.

The tower will be replaced by a more spherical tank atop a single, central pillar, he said. It's expected to be online by September.

















 



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