Watch the 1959 Inner Belt Bridge Implosion – VIDEO

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CLEVELAND, OHIO – Hundreds of Clevelanders hiked to the public viewing area at East 14th Street and Broadway Avenue to watch five spans on the 55-year-old Inner Belt Bridge come down in a controlled implosion at 6 a.m. Saturday.

It took only seconds for 182 pounds of explosives to bring down the 10 million pounds of steel on five span of the old Inner Belt Bridge built in 1959.

The concrete pillars remain and will be demolished using traditional methods.

The Ohio Department of Transportation is replacing the bridge with two bridges. The westbound span is built and carrying traffic in both directions until completion of its eastbound twin in late 2016.

Joseph B. Fay Company is the demolition contractor and Controlled Demolition, Inc. is the implosion contractor.