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Scuttlebutt Photos: Old Jamestown Bridge is demolished
Photos by Emily L. Ferguson

(April 18, 2006) The landmark Jamestown Bridge, for decades a crucial link across Narragansett Bay for motorists heading to Newport, was demolished Tuesday. Explosives placed in the bridge’s center span were detonated at 11 a.m., and the span plunged 135 feet into the bay amid clouds of gray and white smoke.

Before the demolition, crews removed much of the pavement and gradually weakened the bridge by making a series of cuts through the girders. They laid 75 pounds of explosives in 350 charges at 20-foot intervals in the bridge’s 1,100-foot-long center span, where the upper supports reached 240 feet, according to Edmund Parker, chief engineer for the Department of Transportation. The Jamestown-Verrazano Bridge next to it was closed to traffic during the demolition and post-demolition damage check, as were many streets in the area. The shock of the blast rattled windows in houses in Jamestown, at one end of the bridge. - Eyewitness News, (Complete story).

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