ST. CHARLES, MO (KTVI) – The Missouri Department of Transportation dropped the westbound lanes of the Blanchette Tuesday morning as part of the effort to reconstruct the bridge.
Hundreds of people came to the riverfront to watch the blast. In fact, MoDOT had to delay the blast for several minutes while they moved people further away from the blast site.
Traffic was stopped on both sides while the blast happened. MoDOT now has to clean up the debris.
Four a half million pounds of steel will drop into the Missouri River from the blast.
About 1,000 feet of the old bridge is scheduled to come down.
That`s substantially more than the 350 feet of bridge that fell into the river after the first section of the shutdown bridge was blasted last month.