Installation of 12 girders last week set Berry Street Bridge closer to completion and drew the attention of passersby with a giant crane.

“The crane used to set that girder is the largest rubber tired crane in the state,” said Mike Kirn, public works director. “(It’s) quite an impressive feat.”

The boom was stretched to at least 100 feet in the air moving six girders on Tuesday and six on Wednesday.

“They’re done with that, and are now starting to put in conductors in for the permanent” utilities such as gas and PG&E, Kirn said. The utilities will start to be hooked up within the next couple of weeks.

“The goal is to be completed by the end of January,” Kirn said.

Work on the bridge was delayed due to the fires and evacuations, which basically shut down work for about three weeks.

At some point, possibly in mid-February, there will be a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony for the bridge. It’s likely there will be two dedications in the area, Kirn said, one for the bridge and one for Firemen’s Park adjacent to the bridge.

They haven’t discovered a whole lot of history on Firemen’s Park yet and why it was named so, Kirn said, but the park will be completely renovated and he believes it is appropriate to re-dedicate the park to honor firefighters, which is especially meaningful after October’s fires.

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