Another section of the old Platte Purchase Bridge that carried U.S. 69 over the Missouri River came down Wednesday.
Crews closed the new U.S. 69 Missouri River Bridge from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday. The bridge connects Platte County with the Fairfax district in Kansas City, Kan. The charges were detonated about 9 a.m.
The new four-lane bridge replaced the Platte Purchase and Fairfax bridges. The Platte Purchase Bridge was built in 1957, while the Fairfax Bridge was built in 1933.
Construction on the new bridge began in the fall of 2014, and it opened to both northbound and southbound traffic in late October.
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Crews began removing the Platte Purchase Bridge in sections last month. The work Wednesday took down a portion of the bridge at the southern end. The section of the bridge that spans the Missouri River will come down in January.
The Fairfax Bridge was removed early last year.