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The Demolition of the "Old" Jamestown Bridge

Originally posted February 2006 | Photo Gallery Below

The old Jamestown Bridge is coming down. As many of you know, the dismantling of the old bridge started in January with the removal of large steel supports and moved on to the removal of the actual roadway, making it impassable.

The overhead structure is scheduled to be imploded into Narragansett Bay on April 18, 2006. A second blast will take out the concrete decks on either sides of the structure shortly thereafter, and the last implosion will destroy the two main piers which supported the bridge.

The implosions will cause some delays to traffic on the Jamestown-Verrazzano Bridge as well as the movement of vessels beneath. The route 138 roadway could be closed for up to four hours at a time, and there will be security zones imposed on the water throughout the project. The main channel beneath the center span of the bridge will be closed for up to six weeks following the first implosion. However, mariners will be able to navigate under the other spans after the blasting at their own risk. The objective is to have the main channel re-opened by June.

Those who fish will be happy to know that the concrete and other materials from the old bridge will not go to waste. Instead, it will be transported offshore, where it will be sunk in order to create artificial reefs.

Jamestown Bridge Implosion Photos

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