Hold on to your hats! The controlled explosive demolition of the steel skeleton of the 1959 Innerbelt Bridge will take place at first light on Saturday morning July 12.
Controlled demolition will drop five (5) of the nine (9) steel spans of the old bridge. The team has used a mixture of both traditional demolition along with the “controlled” – or explosive – demolition method. The bridge railings, lights, barriers and concrete driving surface were all removed using traditional methods. Specific spans over the river and railroads were also disassembled in a traditional manner. Concrete piers will be demolished this summer using traditional methods.
The plan protects the businesses that operate from the Flats as well as people living and working in the Tremont neighborhood.
Members of the public are invited to watch the event. Due to limited view-sheds, only a small public viewing area near the corner of East 14th Street and Broadway Avenue is available.
The area will be accessible beginning at 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 12. Paid, public parking is available in downtown lots – a short walk from the viewing area. Even better, ride with our friends at RTA! The #19 bus provides direct access to the site.
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