End of the road: Marble Falls bridge implosion set for Sunday

End of the road: Marble Falls bridge implosion set for Sunday

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Ever since the 1930s the steel 281 bridge has been a gateway into Marble Falls, but times change.

Now, demolition crews have made 30 cuts into the steel structure that will be packed with explosives. And come Sunday, the old bridge will go "bye-bye."

TxDOT says instead of taking the bridge down piece by piece like they usually do, after much research they decided blowing it up is the best way to go. And they say it won't hurt the river.

Bryan Ellis moved to Marble Falls five years ago. But he knew he wanted to live there way back in 1975.

"Drove over this bridge, looked at the lake and the surrounding area and thought this would be a wonderful place to live," Ellis said.

Seeing it crumble into the water will be a little bittersweet for Ellis.

"It's part of the community. Of course the new bridge is part of the growth. It's an indication we're continuing to move forward," Ellis said.

State Farm agent Shane Stewart's office has a pretty nice view of the bridge.

"We're expecting several hundred people to be up here watching it and probably several hundred on the other side and maybe more," Stewart said.

Even though his State Farm office won't be open Sunday morning, he's not gonna miss this.

"You know, 4th of July is always a great thing in Marble Falls and we sort of feel like this is an 'in-between' 4th of July for us with the bridge," Stewart said.

But, talk about the best seat in the house...Bobby Butterfield lives in a camper right next to the bridge!

"I'm that last camper right there and I'm within 300 feet of the blast," he said.

Butterfield may really have the best view Sunday.

"A big bang and about 10 seconds it will be over," Butterfield said.

So close, he was told he'd better watch from inside.

"They told me I did not have to move my camper. At first they said I did and now they say I don't so...we'll see how it goes," Butterfield said.

If you want to see the old bridge off, you better plan to head out before the crack of dawn to stake out a spot.

 

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