Crews Clean Up After Delayed Broadway Bridge Collapse in Little Rock

The Broadway Bridge we’ve known for decades is gone. However, getting it to come down didn’t go as planned. 
It was supposed to come down around 10:00 a.m., but after detonation it didn’t collapse, for several hours. 
Crews are working around the clock Tuesday night to get the steel beams out of the water. They have until Wednesday morning, but with the collapse delay it’s taking even longer. 
The nearly 100-year-old Broadway Bridge is not making it easy on crews trying to tear it down. 
The stubborn steel portion was that built in the 1970s finally came tumbling down nearly five hours after detonation around 3:00 p.m. 
It’s a landmark for many in Little Rock. 
“It’s different. I’ve seen that bridge my entire life and drove across it. It’s a change,” one person said. 
After the delay, crews started working to get the steal beams out of the water to open up the river way. 
The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department says it’s the first to admit things don’t go exactly as planned. 
“Construction is not a perfect science, if you will. Things happen. They will happen. They do happen and today, it did happen,” said AHTD spokesperson Danny Straessle. 
Even after five hours the Highway Department is now looking toward a bigger goal, finishing the bridge in the 180 day time limit. 
“That’s what we’re focused on right now. What happens between now and then, those are just little mile stones,” said Straessle. 
Getting the new bridge in place is something nearly everyone wants to see, without delay. 

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