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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 17, 2006
CREWS RETRIEVE EXCAVATOR FROM STREAM
City crews working with a private towing contractor managed late yesterday to pull a City excavator from the
The 31-ton excavator had been stuck in the Wailani Stream tributary near the
On Saturday, the Department of Facility Maintenance deployed a bulldozer to build a ramp for the excavator, but the bulldozer also got stuck. Efforts to free both machines continued Sunday without success.
“The stream has a narrow access way that had to be widened to gain adequate access for the recovery equipment to enter and to have a work platform to lift the excavator,” said DFM Director Laverne Higa. “The access is very narrow, with a wall and houses on one side and the stream on the other. Maneuverability is very limited, and our primary concern was to create sufficient, safe work space while minimizing damage to the surrounding area. “
On Monday, T&T Towing and Recovery was contracted to recover the stuck equipment. The bulldozer was freed earlier this week and the excavator was lifted out about 5:30 p.m. yesterday.
The bulldozer is already back in service. The excavator is inoperable, and City Automotive Equipment Service mechanics will assess what repairs are needed. Costs of the repairs and of the retrieval operation have not yet been tallied.
“This underscores the challenges our crews face in keeping
The excavator is one of two in the Road Maintenance Division. The City will rent another excavator temporarily to replace it, and the division’s other heavy equipment – cranes, bulldozers and the like – will be used to continue the stream cleaning.
In addition, work is being done today to restore the stream and remove all the material that was brought in for the retrieval operation. A floating boom has been deployed downstream to control sediment and debris.
Laverne Higa, Director of Facility Maintenance, 692-5054
Keoki Miyamoto, Deputy Director of Facility Maintenance, 692-5151
|Friday, November 17, 2006|