Rain interferes with California bridge implosion

Rain interferes with California bridge implosion

Not all charges set for controlled demolition of old Antlers Bridge in Lakehead, California, detonated.

January 11, 2017
CDR Staff
Demolition
Weather prevented the full demolition of the old Antlers Bridge in Lakehead, California, Jan. 10. Around 1,300 charges were set in five sections of the 1941 bridge, but several of them did not ignite due to the rain, according to a report on KRCRTV.com.

A majority of the bridge came down within seconds. Crews were planning on returning to the site Jan. 12 to demolish the final section with more charges.

According to the article, the decision to implode the bridge was to protect the lake from debris. Divers were removing debris from the bottom of the lake with cranes. An environmental study was done to limit the amount of lead dissolving into the lake, according to the article.

Once complete, crews will reportedly continue dismantling sections of bridge along the side of the mountain and take down the piers. The bridge removal is expected to be complete by summer.