Wellington annex implosion road closures (updated)

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Soon to go boom.

Update: The implosion has been moved to Saturday, August 23. The information below has been updated.
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The city of Albany has given to the OK to the implosion of the Wellington annex building in downtown Albany for this Thursday, August 21 Saturday, August 23. The big boom is apparently going to happen sometime in the morning.

The implosion has prompted of a bunch of road closures (for cars and pedestrians) and parking restrictions for that day. There's a list and a map after the jump.

Map

The map is based on the listing below.

red streets = closed 7 am-1 pm

orange streets = closed 8 am-1 pm

The Wellington annex is the black rectangle.

List

Via the Albany Police Department:

Parking Restrictions:

August 23, 2014 12:01AM - approximately 1PM

State Street, both sides from S. Swan Street to Eagle Street
State Street, both sides from Eagle Street to Lodge Street
State Street, north side from N. Pearl Street to Lodge Street
Park Street, both sides from Lancaster Street to State Street
Eagle Street, both sides from Lancaster Street to State Street
Howard Street, both sides from N. Pearl Street to Eagle Street
S. Pearl Street, both sides from State Street to Hudson Avenue
Market Street, both sides from S. Pearl Street to Eagle Street
Lodge Street, both sides from Beaver Street to State Street
Wendell Street, both sides from Howard Street to Beaver Street

Road Closures:

August 23, 2014 7AM - approximately 1PM

The following roadways will be closed to all vehicular traffic:
Howard Street between Lodge Street and Eagle Street
Lodge Street between Beaver Street and State Street
Wendell Street between Beaver Street and Howard Street

August 21, 2014 8AM - approximately 1PM

Eagle Street between Madison Avenue and Pine Street
State Street between Eagle Street and Pearl Street
State Street between S. Swan Street and Eagle Street
Park Street between Lancaster Street and State Street
Lodge Street between Pine Street and State Street
Norton Street between Green Street and S. Pearl Street
Beaver Street between Wendell Street and Green Street
Hudson Avenue between Green Street and S. Pearl Street
Howard Street between Lodge Street and S. Pearl Street
Market Street between S. Pearl Street and Eagle Street
Grand Street between Phillip Street and Market Street

Additional Information and Advisory:

All pedestrian traffic within the road closures listed above will be prohibited at all of the closure points at 8AM until approximately 1PM.

It is recommended that motorists seek alternate routes around the above listed road closures to avoid delays.

Comments

Why wouldn't they do this on a Saturday, when the area is essentially a ghost town?

For those of us who can't make the actual event due to silly old work (and honestly, how often do we get to see an 11-story building implode in our fair city), I eagerly await information on/link to the Implosion-Cam.

Good riddance.

Albany's biggest eyesores, ranked:

1. Empire State Plaza
2. Central Warehouse
3. This building
4. Anything built by BBL/Columbia

"Implosion Fest" at the City Beer Hall on Wednesday evening?

@Ron

Because the demolition company was only available on Thursday.

I'm sorely tempted to take a nice, video capable camera with me to work that day... :)

Any word on possible viewing sites? It would be really cool to see.

This is a nightmare for anyone who parks downtown. I park at the Times Union Center Garage and work at the Plaza. We have been told several levels of that garage are closed from 7am-1pm. Any suggestions on where to park would be greatly appreciated.

The absurd timing of this aside, since when is the convention center a "go"?! Huh. I thought I was fairly current with local news. Did I also miss the announcement of our next backyard boondoggle ie a casino?

Rebbecca, it was announced last year.

I just hope nothing goes wrong.

If they have some leftover explosives, perhaps they could blast the Tobin's First Prize Center.

I think one good place to watch would be the Corning Tower observation floor.

So, the Wellington Annex is going, but the hotel on State Street is staying? Is that right?

@Harold: The hotel building on the corner of State and Eagle is slated to be renovated as a new hotel.

The old Wellington Hotel on State Street -- the main part of it -- no longer exists except for its facade. It was demolished in 2009. Here's a photoset from shortly before demolition.

And here's an old post card showing the Wellington, its annex, and its parking garage.

gee the road closure goes almost to 1 columbia place. wonder what is gonna happen to that pile of dog crap when the shock wave hits it. some buildings should be swatted down by a excavator, and this is one of them. bring your dust masks for silica/ hunta virus

@CapHwys, we got a notice at work that says the Corning observation deck will be closed, but the ESP in general will be a public viewing area.

I work near Jack's, so I wonder how I can even get up there to see it, since all those roads seem to be closed. Anyone know if the TU Center pedestrian walkway to the ESP will be closed? I'm guessing yes.

Hopefully some humanitarian checks for feral cats before the big boom.

State Internal Memo seems to indicate 10:20 for the event.

Somebody must have read Ron's post ;) The demo has been rescheduled to Saturday.

Feral cats? Hopefully some humanitarian checks for feral people before the big boom.

Jim Coyne should be invited to push the plunger.

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