2006-05-11 / Front Page

Bridge explodes Tuesday

By Sam Bari

Weather permitting, the possible combined detonation date for dropping the deck trusses and supporting piers of the old Jamestown Bridge is Tuesday, May 16, shortly after 10 a.m., according to the state Department of Transportation.

The controlled explosives in the second major detonation will remove approximately 1,600 feet of the two deck trusses stretching 800 feet on either side of the gap left from the removal of the center bridge span. If all goes as planned, the top 50 feet of the central supporting piers will be detonated at the same time.

Cashman Equipment Company of Boston, the general contractor in charge of the project, will make the decision whether or not to go ahead with the combined blast 24 hours before hand. Cashman's decision will be based on the progress and timetable of DemTech, Inc. of DuBois, Wyo., the demolition company subcontracted to plant and detonate the explosives, said DOT Director James R. Capaldi.

The new bridge will be closed for up to four hours starting at 10 a.m. on the day of the event.

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