Countdown to bridge implosion begins
March 14, 2013, 9:02 pm by Adam Troxtell
One of the townís oldest landmarks will bring residents to Lake Marble Falls this weekend when demolition crews set off explosives, marking the end of the 77-year-old US 281 bridge.
At approximately 8 a.m. Sunday, the steel truss of the iconic bridge, built in 1936, will drop into Lake Marble Falls after it is cut into 30 pieces by controlled explosions.
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), general contractor for the bridge project Archer Western, and lead subcontractor for the demolition, Omega Demolition Corporation, will oversee Sundayís implosion.
Residents or interested travelers can watch the historic event from Lakeside Pavilion, which the city has designated a public viewing area. Lakeside will open at 7 a.m. for the anticipated large crowd.
"Itís something very unusual and something few people get to see,Ē Marble Falls Mayor George Russell said. "The place we have set up for people is safe to watch and take pictures from. Itís a significant change. That bridge is, really, the link between north and south around here.ĒFor the full story and more information about Sunday's implosion, see Friday's Highlander.
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