An 83-year-old bridge built to connect Missouri’s Warren and Franklin Counties was imploded April 11, KMOV.com reports.
The old Highway 47 Bridge—which was built in Washington, Missouri, in 1936—became obsolete after an adjacent bridge was opened just 12 feet away in 2018.
Marschel Wrecking LLC, Fenton, Missouri, was the demolition contractor charged with the demolition and site clean-up.
According to the Warren County Record, the implosion required 145 pounds of explosives, 750 individual charges and 8,000 feet of detonation cord.
Missouri Department of Transportation Area Engineer Judy Wagner told the Warren County Record that everything went smoothly with the implosion and that crews were in the process of removing the metal debris from the river.
“No debris from the demolition hit the new bridge,” Wagner says. “There was a lot of old paint chips from the trusses that ended up on the road deck, but they were cleared quickly and the traffic is flowing.”
Watch the video of the implosion below, courtesy of KMOV.com: