First Auto Bridge over Missouri River Demolished

September 28, 2010

Photo of the demolition courtesy of the North Dakota Department of Transportation.

Several hundred people, including many school children and bicyclists, went down to the river October 6, 2008 to watch from both Bismarck and Mandan, ND, as the first car bridge to span the Missouri River was demolished.

Built in the early 1920s, the Liberty Memorial Bridge was replaced with a new structure, just a few feet on the south side of it.

City officials said explosives broke the bridge into 26 pieces; cranes on barges will pick up the pieces from the water. Two addition demolitions are planned for later this year. A grand opening of the new bridge will take place before the end of 2008.