Old Westbound Canal Bridge implosion scheduled for Feb. 3

Posted: 2015/01/29 in construction, IDOT, Weather
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The local IDOT district office has confirmed via Twitter today:

Keep in mind that it is weather permitting, and the emphasis is that the weather for Sunday into Monday is not favorable at all, as the forecast is hinting at more winter precipitation. It is still too soon to delve into that details right now, as Mother Nature has simply busted forecasts all season long. (This will be a separate post if it is warranted.)

Westbound canal bridge that is about to be imploded, photo taken July 2014.

Westbound canal bridge that is about to be imploded, photo taken July 2014.

The implosion is what was once the westbound span of the canal bridge on 270.  Once again, due to the nature of this job, a full closure of 270 from Riverview to Route 3 is required.  Please make use of the emergency detour routes that are available – the two options is going back through St. Louis on I-64 or I-70, or going through Alton via Route 143 and 367.

A public viewing will be set up on the island side of the Route 66 canal bridge (the silver one) for this implosion.  It has been requested that people intending on watching the implosion to be there by 9 AM.  There will be warning horns at the 5 minute and 2 minute marks like the last implosion.  Again, expect some walking to get to the viewing area as parking is limited.

The mainline lanes and various entry ramps east of 367 will be shut down starting at 10:00, and should be reopened by 12:00 should everything goes well.

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