State Route 49 Bridge Implosion Set for Monday, Dec. 23rd
NASHVILLE -- Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews plan to implode the State Route 49 Bridge over the Harpeth River in Ashland City on Monday, December 23rd between 10:00 and 10:30 a.m. Traffic on the newly constructed bridge will be temporarily stopped for five to ten minutes for the bridge implosion. Lanes will be reopened to traffic as soon as possible once any debris is cleaned up.
Demolition crews will use explosives to bring down the old cantilever bridge that was built in the 1930’s. Construction began in 2012 on a new $7.9 million concrete and steel structure bridge which was built beside the older structure. The entire project is expected to be complete by June 2014.
Media should arrive at the bridge no later than 9:45 a.m. The bridge is located adjacent to the Harpeth River Bridge Recreational Campground, 2914 Hwy 49 W, Ashland City, TN. Media should park on the west side of the bridge on Highway 49.