The American Bridge
crew began dismantling the flooring and truss work in 1971. The string of
eye-bars linking the towers stayed, while short spans of bridge flooring
remained at each end of the span. Demolition plans called for explosive charges
to be placed on the eye-bars form the anchorages to the towers is expected to
pull the towers which rest on rocker ledges above the piers toward the West Virginia and Ohio shores.
The date for the explosion and
the dramatic fall of the tall towers was given to the Coast Guard, which
required 35 days advance notification. If some unforeseen circumstances
prevented the demolition on the designated date an additional 15 days
notification is required by the Coast Guard.
Workers estimated that only two or three weeks would
be required to pick up and clear away the towers, eye-bars and other debris
after the big explosion.
“D” Day for the bridge explosion
was set Tuesday, June 29,
1971. The Controlled Demolition, Inc. placed explosive charges on
the chains. A large crowd lined Route 7 for a view of the dramatic end of the Hiram Carpenter