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Explosives drop steel trestle Missouri River bridge into the water along I-70 while onlookers watch

ROCHEPORT, Mo. (AP) — Onlookers online and on the banks of the Missouri River had to wait more than an hour to watch officials use explosives to drop a historic steel trestle bridge into the river that for years carried cars across the waterway along Interstate 70. The blast just southeast of Rocheport, Missouri, which is about 115 miles east of Kansas City, was delayed by fog Sunday morning. The demolition that was scheduled for 7:30 a.m. finally happened shortly before 9 a.m. after the view was clear. Crews will work to remove the steel structure from the water within 24 hours. A $220 million replacement bridge is scheduled to be done by December 2024.

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