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Fort Steuben Bridge Is Falling Down, Falling Down

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By HVvids on February 21, 2012

Once a vital part of interstate flow to and from Steubenville, Ohio and Weirton, West Virginia, the 84-year-old Fort Steuben Bridge has been closed to traffic since 2009.

On Tuesday, the Ohio Department of Transportation demolished the bridge as scheduled at 7:15 a.m. And because blowing shit up is cool as hell, watch this brief glimpse of implosion porn:

If you’re curious, “Crews used 490 shaped charges and 153 pounds of explosives that had been strategically mounted in 136 locations all over the bridge,” according to WTOV9. Here’s some more:

Water traffic will be suspended for about a day because the U.S. Coast Guard required the river be back open within 24 hours. A Pittsburgh-based company will use heavy machinery to load pieces of the bridge onto several barges. Some of the pieces are expected to weigh as much as 120,000 pounds.

The 83-year-old bridge was one of four similar bridges built across the Ohio River in 1929 and had wire cables suspending its 1,255-foot span. Of the four like it, the Fort Steuben Bridge is the last to be demolished.

Travel demand for the Fort Steuben Bridge continued to decrease over the years as weight restrictions were placed on the aging structure. In 1990, the Veterans Memorial Bridge was built, serving as a new connector for Brooke and Jefferson counties, and relocating the increasing volume of Route 22 traffic from the deteriorating bridge.

The Fort Steuben Bridge closed to traffic in January 2009 and was deemed structurally deficient and functionally obsolete by the Ohio Department of Transportation.

In these tough times, what America needs more of is imploding bridges. That is fact.



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