Explosives experts imploded a section of a bridge over the Missouri River on Sunday morning, a span that had linked the far southeastern corner of Nebraska at the town of Rulo with northwestern Missouri.
Mike Habegger, with the Nebraska Department of Roads, says everything went as planned.
“It went very well,” Habegger says. “It went the way we wanted it to go. It’s down in the river and that’s where it’s supposed to be.”
About 500 onlookers watched as one section of the bridge was taken out. Habegger says the steel is being removed from the river now and two more sections of bridge await implosion.
“It’ll probably be a couple of weeks,” he says. “It depends on the demolition guy. He’s going to blow another bridge down in Missouri right now. When he’s done with that, he’ll come back and we’ll start prepping on the next section.”
The cost to remove the 74-year-old bridge is estimated at $1.73-million.
By John Nixon, KLZA, Falls City