And it comes tumbling down tonight…
Back on the 10th I noted a story about the Wilson Bridge in DC and a contest to be held to allow a commuter with the worst bridge horror story to push the plunger down and detonate the demolition charges that will a large part of the bridge to the ground. Seems that contest has been won and the impending doom of the old Wilson Bridge is now at hand.
A portion of the Old Woodrow Wilson Bridge will come tumbling to the ground with a flash of light on Monday at midnight.
A flash of light — but no actual explosion — will bring 2,600 tons of steel crashing to the ground, Wilson Bridge Project spokesman John Undeland says.
“The charges are very controlled and what they do is generate heat to cut the steel,” Undeland says.
The process will create a “slight seismic effect,” Undeland says.
Yeah, I’ll bet. When 2600 tons of steel hits the deck, it does tend to make a vibration. The winner of the contest was commuter Dan Ruefly whose story must simply be read at the WTOP News site, so I leave it to you to click the link and read. He and 4 of his fellow nightmare-commuters will attend the demolition and the rest of us will simply have to bask in the reflected satisfaction I know he’ll be feeling. Good luck, Dan! Give ‘er a big blast for us all.
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