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Final 2 Sections of Missouri River Bridge Blasted

Posted: Dec 4, 2012 11:50 AM by Associated Press
Updated: Dec 4, 2012 11:51 AM

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ST. CHARLES (AP) - A big explosion sends the final two sections of the westbound Blanchette Bridge into the Missouri River.

Crews used explosives Tuesday to take down the sections of the bridge that connects St. Louis and St. Charles counties along Interstate 70. The work is part of a $63 million rehabilitation project.

The westbound span closed Nov. 4 and will reopen next fall. For now, all traffic has been rerouted to the eastbound span.

About 1,000 people gathered to watch the bridge explosion. About 4.5 million pounds of steel dropped into the river, creating waves that crashed into the riverbank.

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