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W.Va. bridge demolished

Mar. 01, 2013 @ 10:05 AM

ST. ALBANS, W.Va. (AP) — An aging bridge that connects St. Albans and Nitro was blasted apart with explosives.

The Dick Henderson Memorial Bridge was demolished at 10 a.m. The bridge used to span the Kanawha River is being replaced by a new bridge.

In February, crews began cutting sections of the bridge and lowering them onto a barge to be shipped to a Kokosing company scrapyard. But officials had said the remaining pieces were too heavy and decided to shoot explosives to blast them apart.

Because the demolition is drawing a lot of interest, the West Virginia Department of Transportation hosting a watch party at the St. Albans Roadside Park off U.S. 60.

The 79-year-old bridge’s Nitro side is set for implosion on March 8.



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