St. John tower demolition twice as long as planned
STAMFORD — The demolition of one of the St. John towers was expected to be complete after two weekends, but delays have stretched the work out into a month-long project.
Now, demolition crews have decided to close Washington Boulevard both ways every night this week, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., to finish by next Monday.
Originally, work was expected to be completed by Jan. 21, after demolition began Jan. 11, and only the northbound right lane of Washington Boulevard was going to be closed. But, the tear-down was unexpectedly halted a few days later, as workers were concerned that concrete connected to exposed metal and rebar would become dislodged and fall to the ground.
Demolition crews are taking down the main St. John Tower structure by knocking it down floor-by-floor with an orange high-reach excavator.
The elevated sense of danger led officials to close both northbound lanes of Washington Boulevard and put the work on pause for the weekend of Jan. 18. Eventually, full demolition resumed on the weekends of Jan. 25 and Feb. 1, with all northbound and southbound lanes of Washington Boulevard closed.
Now, to expedite the project, demolition will continue every night this week. On Friday, Feb. 8, Washington Boulevard will again close at 9 p.m. and stay closed over the entire weekend until 5 a.m. Monday, Feb. 11.
The other two towers, still occupied, are not being torn down.