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Bridge implosion set for today in Carroll County

The old Savanna-Sabula bridge, shown here in a bridghunter.com photo, is scheduled for demolition Friday. The new Dale Gardner Veterans Memorial Bridge spanning the Mississippi River between Savanna and Sabula, Iowa, opened in November.
The old Savanna-Sabula bridge, shown here in a bridghunter.com photo, is scheduled for demolition Friday. The new Dale Gardner Veterans Memorial Bridge spanning the Mississippi River between Savanna and Sabula, Iowa, opened in November.

SAVANNA – Illinois Department of Transportation staff aim to have the old Savanna-Sabula bridge down some time today.

IDOT District 2 Field Engineer Ali Mansour said the bridge is scheduled for implosion between 9 a.m. and noon.

“The plan is for between 9 a.m. and 10. We’re hoping to have this thing down by 9:30. That depends on the BNSF railroad,” Mansour said.

The railroad has a north-south line which runs along state Route 84. Cleanup of the imploded bridge is expected to take about 2 to 3 weeks.

“Morton Park in Savanna is the only location really feasible for public viewing,” Mansour said.

The bridge was built in 1932, and was replaced with the Dale Gardner Veterans Memorial Bridge, an $80.6 million project which took 2 years to complete and opened in November.

That bridge is closed, probably until late May, because of recent safety issues on an attached causeway just east of Sabula, Iowa. Officials already were planning to replace the causeway, which was built in 1933, but hadn’t planned to tear down the current span until early April.

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