Bye-bye Innerbelt Bridge! Dust settles in Cleveland after implosion

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CLEVELAND-It's out with the old and soon enough it will be in with the new.

After standing strong for 55 years, the old Innerbelt Bridge came down this morning. Hundreds of explosives were put in place to bring down five of the remaining nine spans of the bridge.

ODOT says the remaining concrete piers will be demolished this summer using traditional methods.

Nearly a thousand people gathered to watch the implosion that took place around 6 a.m. Saturday.

No one was allowed within a 1,000 feet of the blast zone, so the huge crowd gathered in a viewing area nearby.

 

I-90 east through Downtown Cleveland was reopened shortly after the demolition. Westbound I-90 has also been reopened.

The controlled explosion is all part of the construction of the two new bridge structures, one of which is already open and is temporarily being used by drivers in both directions of I-90.

The other bridge is scheduled to be completed by 2016.

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