Atchison’s Amelia Earhart Bridge now resting in Missouri River after blasting

The former Amelia Earhart Memorial Bridge over the Missouri River near Atchison is no more.

Demolition crews on Wednesday morning used a linear shaped charges to bring down the two-lane bridge’s high-truss steel. The bridge, which was built in 1938, spanned across the river from Kansas to Missouri.

“The demolition went as planned,” said Kimberly Qualls, a spokeswoman for the Kansas Department of Transportation.

The implosion took a mere few seconds to bring down the steel structure of the bridge. The bridge deck had been removed before the implosion.

Demolition crews will use explosives two more times to remove bridge piers in the Missouri River. The next blast is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday.

After each blast, crews have 24 hours to remove debris from the river’s navigation channel and another 24 hours to remove debris from the remaining river channel.

A new four-lane bridge was built to replace the aging bridge. The new Amelia Earhart Memorial Bridge opened in December.

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