SAINT CHARLES, Missouri (WXOW) - With a loud boom, four-and-a-half million pounds of steel fell into the Missouri River today.
The last two sections of the westbound Blanchette Bridge in Saint Charles, Missouri were destroyed in a planned demolition using 65 pounds of explosives.
About a thousand people gathered along the shoreline to watch the spectacle.
It's part of a $63-million dollar project to rehabilitate the 54-year-old bridge.
About three-quarters of the bridge will be replaced or rehabilitated.
The westbound span is expected to reopen by fall 20-13.
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