Broadway Bridge finally falls 5 hours after failed implosion

Thousands of people showed up on the banks of the Arkansas River and online to watch the Broadway Bridge implode Tuesday morning.

It took nearly five hours, but the Broadway Bridge finally fell Tuesday afternoon after several attempts to get it to fall after a morning implosion. The charges detonated shortly after 10 a.m. and puffs of smoke could be seen coming from the bridge.

The steel from the bridge was supposed to fall into the Arkansas River within minutes and a cleanup crew was going to move in and begin to pull debris from the water. However, the bridge did not fall as planned.

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department determined that nothing went wrong, except the bridge didn't fall. The eighth attempt at pulling down the bridge finally worked and it came crashing down into the Arkansas River at 2:50 p.m.

The Broadway Bridge closed September 28 to take down the 93-year-old bridge and install a new span crossing the river. The project is expected to be complete within six months.

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