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Demolition of the Bridge

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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.

ā€œDā€ 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 Bridge.