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Feds Say That 93-Year-Old Bridge Isn’t Safe, But Watch C4 vs. Bethlehem Steel

It’s an age-old dilemma: When an unstoppable force meets an unmovable object, which one wins?

That proverbial question was put to the test in Little Rock, Arkansas last year, when engineers tried to demolish a steel bridge that had been standing for 93 years.

The key word is “tried.” According to KTVH News, experts attempted to use controlled demolition charges to bring down the large arches of the Broadway Bridge and clear a path for a modern structure — but things didn’t go as planned.

Apparently the nearly century-old bridge wasn’t ready to come down. “After using a ‘man basket’ to inspect the cuts and the steel, [Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department] determined the implosion went as planned, but without the desired effect,” explained KTVH.

Workers were facing a rapidly approaching deadline to complete the demolition so that transport barges could use the river. However, that ticking clock didn’t stop the Arkansas DOT from poking fun at their own failure.

“Well, that didn’t go quite as planned….” the department posted on Twitter, along with the hashtag “#TheDayTheBridgeStoodStill.”

Eventually, workers were able to topple the stubborn structure using cables connected to tugboats.

The steel span may have been seen as an outdated eyesore in modern times, but it was celebrated as an engineering marvel when it was constructed.

“Parades on both sides of the Arkansas River, bridge queens and an estimated 50,000 people marked the grand opening of the Broadway Bridge between Little Rock and North Little Rock on March 14, 1923,” explained the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette.

There may be some truth to the classic saying, “They don’t build ’em like they used to.”

While technological advances often make things more lightweight and efficient, this video proves that there’s still no substitute for American steel… and some “outdated” structures can still stand the test of time.

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source: Conservative Tribune

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