2006-11-16 / Front Page

Bridge demo this morning

The state Department of Transportation's next underwater demolition for the old Jamestown Bridge is today, Nov. 16, at approximately 10 a.m. The bridge demolition had been postponed a week due to delays in preparing pier segments for the blast.

The DOT expects that there will be one more underwater detonation after this one. The date of the final blast will be announced as soon as possible, but the DOT anticipates that demolition to take place during the last week of November. These two blasts will conclude the underwater demolition phase, one of the last elements of the $19.5 million project. The detonation will be similar

to nine previous underwater demolition events in August, September, October and November. 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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