Demolition Of Old Amelia Earhart Bridge Delayed

Old Amelia Earhart BridgeKansas transportation officials announced they’ve cancelled the planned demolition of the old Amelia Earhart Bridge in Atchison planned to start on Monday.

The Kansas Department of Transportation blamed equipment delays, and said the implosion and removal of the Missouri River icon will be rescheduled.

Tentative plans now call for the first blast to take place on Monday, October 7, 2013.

KDOT announced a series of three explosions scheduled about a week apart. They hope to first remove the high truss steel across the entire structure, and then remove the two bridge piers located in the river channel.

The old Amelia Earhart Memorial Bridge was built in 1937–1938 by the Works Progress Administration. It was originally named the Mo-Kan Free Bridge because it did not charge a toll. The adjacent railroad bridge served as a crossing for rail traffic, cars and pedestrians prior to the construction of the free bridge. The bridge was renamed for aviatrix Amelia Earhart, a native of Atchison, in 1997 to honor the centennial of her birth in Atchison.

Plans for replacement of the bridge with a new four-lane span with 10 foot shoulders were announced in the fall of 2007. The construction of the new bridge was delayed by flooding in 2011, but were completed earlier this year.