The Illinois 89 bridge officially has a new look after Wednesdays implosion. Last week, the first half of the bridge was imploded that crosses the Illinois river in Spring Valley. The bridge was in service for more than 80 years until June, that’s when a new $41 million bridge opened.
State officials insist the implosion process is safer and quicker than dismantling the bridge piece by piece.
“There will be two phases of the cleanup with our new bridge, once the blast occurs, it will be a sweep of the new bridge to pick up any debris that may end up int he road way,” said Project Coordinator Joe Wick. He adds,“The secondary cleanup will be in the river where contractors have 24 hours to remove the remaining trust bans of the bridge out of the navigable parts of the waterway.”
The river channel will be closed until 8:30 Thursday morning.