2006-11-09 / News

Bridge demolition postponed

The state Department of Transportation has announced that the next underwater demolition for the old Jamestown Bridge, scheduled for this afternoon, will take place Thursday, Nov. 16 , at approximately 10 a.m. The detonation will include two pier segments on the Jamestown side of the bridge.

The DOT expects that there will be one more underwater detonation, which is scheduled to take place the following week. The DOT will confirm the date and time of the final blast early next week.

The detonation will be similar to nine previous underwater demolition events in recent weeks. Traffic impacts on the Jamestown-Verrazzano Bridge will be kept to a minimum during the demolition time frame. Just before the detonations, state police will execute a "rolling block" by moving very slowly in all lanes of travel to momentarily clear traffic from the bridge.

This approach should avoid the need to conduct a 30- minute closure of the bridge, as was originally planned for the underwater detonations. Adverse weather conditions or safety concerns could cause a delay in the detonation.

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