After 79 years of providing transportation over the Red River from Alexandria to Pineville, the OK Allen bridge is no longer standing. Named after Louisiana’s governor Oscar K. Allen, the bridge was replaced.
Explosives were detonated leaving the bridge in 14 pieces, all falling into the Red River.
The Town Talk reports;
Authorities had asked people to stay away from the bridge area during the demolition, but Lashney and others felt compelled to witness the demolition, gathering on the levee in Alexandria near the Farmers Market.
Law enforcement officers kept them out of the blast-radius area, but those on the levee had a good view of the demolition. They could see the explosion and the bridge start to fall before the sound waves of the boom reached them.
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