Posted: Mar 15, 2011 4:41 PM by Rob Krieger
Updated: Mar 15, 2011 5:52 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS- The final pieces of the old Amite River bridge between East Baton Rouge and Livingston Parishes on Hwy. 190 are set to be demolished Wednesday morning.
The demolition is part of construction of two new spans across the waterway.
"They're taking down those old pylons, they started today taking down a smaller area, it was really a test charge to make sure they have the right amount and the right type of equipment in place for the large charge that's gonna happen tomorrow," said Trooper Russell Graham with the Louisiana State Police.
It's an explosion that marks the end of a project years in the making, and one local businesses are happy to see.
"I'm sure that my equipment is gonna rattle and shake in here, we didn't have any customers today, and they're doing it tomorrow. I don't know what to expect, but yeah I'm looking forward to them getting it cleaned, cleared, out of the way and ready to go," said Linda Snowden, who runs a notary business nearby.
During the demolition law enforcement will close Florida Blvd over the river until it is safe to travel again. State Police plan to begin the road closure around 9 a.m.
The entire construction project is expected to be completed by mid-April.