The final pieces of rubble are being removed today, huge chunks of concrete that used to be the bridge over the Missouri River that linked southeastern Nebraska at the town of Rulo with northwestern Missouri.
One span was demolished last month and the remaining two spans were taken out with explosives on Wednesday.
Mike Habegger, with the Nebraska Department of Roads, says all is going according to plan.
“I brought spans two and three down,” he says. “They came down the way we wanted. Span two has been cut into smaller chunks. They dropped span three basically intact onto the ground. They’ll finish cutting it up.”
Habegger says there will be a few more smaller explosions to wrap up the removal of the 74-year-old bridge.
“Two more implosions will do the pier that’s out in the river,” he says. “We’ll blow it down to just above the water level and then the last implosion will be under the water to get it down to the elevation we need.”
The cost to remove the bridge is estimated at $1.73-million.
By John Nixon, KLZA, Falls City