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Pomeroy-Mason Bridge Set for Demolition


Pomeroy (April 13) - On Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at 8:00 a.m. (weather permitting), the center span of the old Pomeroy-Mason Bridge will be dropped into the Ohio River. It will take nineteen C4 charges to bring down the center span. The river channel will be closed for twenty-four hours to allow crews to remove all debris from the river.

There will be a 1,500 foot “clear zone” radius from the bridge. Only authorized personnel are allowed within the clear zone. The Pomeroy levee has been designated as the site where spectators can watch the blast. The Bridge of Honor and all surrounding roads within the clear zone will be closed five minutes prior to detonation and should be opened within fifteen to thirty minutes after detonation.

Spectators will hear three sirens with the first at five minutes from detonation, the second at three minutes, and the third at one minute before detonation. Following the demolition there will be an “all clear” siren informing workers to start the cleanup process.

Built in 1928, the old Pomeroy-Mason Bridge became obsolete and has recently been replaced by the new Bridge of Honor, which opened for travel on December 30, 2008. The explosive contractor is Duane Houkom, Inc. from La Porte, Texas and George S. Rainwater and Kristopher Hecht are responsible for actual blasting of the bridge. The cost for “pier to pier” demolition of the bridge is $1 million.

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 To seamlessly link Ohio’s highways, railways, transit, aviation and port facilities, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will promote a world-class, integrated multi-modal transportation system that is cost-efficient, effective and reliable for all of the state’s citizens, businesses and travelers. ODOT District 10 serves Ohio’s multi-modal transportation needs in Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, Vinton & Washington Counties.


For more information contact David Rose at (740) 568-3904, ODOT District 10 Communications Office. Up-to-date traffic and construction information can be found online 24 hours a day at .