CHICAGO (CBS) — Crews set off an explosion to bring the Torrence Avenue Bridge crashing down into the Grand Calumet River on Thursday.
The Illinois Department of Transportation imploded the bridge’s supports, sending it into the river below, so crews could begin dismantling it.READ MORE: Two Chicago Police Officers Wounded By Accidental Friendly Fire While Confronting Suspect In Lyons, Police Say
The bride, located about a mile south of 130th Street on the Far South Side, has been closed for nearly 10 months, after inspectors found structural problems that left it unsafe for use.READ MORE: Man Shot, Killed After Argument At Bus Stop In Logan Square; Shooter Kills Second Man Nearby During Carjacking
The state plans to build a new bridge, which should be ready by summer 2017.MORE NEWS: Chicago Weather: Cool Down In Effect
Traffic has been detoured to nearby Sibley Boulevard while the bridge remains closed.