(Madison, Ind.) - After 84 years spanning the Ohio River, the old Milton-Madison Bridge came down in less than five seconds Tuesday morning.
The planned demolition brought down a 700 foot portion of the bridge in a cloud of smoke and to the applause of thousands of area residents who gathered to watch. After the span fell, some parts of it could still be seen sticking up from the river water.
Traffic on the new Milton-Madison Bridge was shut down prior to the blast. It reopened at about 10:45 a.m. However, the Ohio River will remain off limits to boat and barge traffic until around 9:00 a.m. Wednesday. Project crews and divers are removing the bridge remains from the river.
Tuesday’s blast is not the last planned for the old Milton-Madison Bridge. Two to three more will take place over the next few weeks, although they will bring down much smaller sections of the bridge.
So what happens to the old metal bridge trusses? Project leaders say they will be sold as scrap.
Video of the demolition, provided by the Milton-Madison Bridge Project, is below: