Brad Choat (@choatsnews)By Brad Choat

GRANITE CITY, Ill. (KMOX) – The Illinois Department of Transportation is making plans for a bridge demolition in Madison County.

IDOT engineer Jeff Church says the old canal bridge on Interstate 270 near Granite City is set to be blown up next month.

“Since we’re over the canal structure, we have to coordinate with the U.S. Coast Guard and Army Corps of Engineers to make sure we don’t impact barge traffic that much,” Church says. “After they detonate the bridge, the contractors have to retrieve all the pieces of it in a timely manner.”

A Coast Guard memo obtained by KMOX sets the demolition dates for Jan. 20 and Feb. 3, both Tuesdays. Those could change if there’s heavy ice on the waterway below.

Church understands why some hate to see the large, green hunk of steel go.

“Most of the time now, you see the cable-type bridges like we built with the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge, or just regular structural steel girders underneath,” he says. “Truss structures aren’t that common anymore.”

Traffic on the lanes of the new canal bridge has been flowing smoothly since completion this fall, according to IDOT.

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