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.
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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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