She said Kokosing was taking precautions to ensure the piers and surrounding structures wouldn't be damaged in the blast.
With that announcement came an influx of letters and calls from citizens wanting to be the one to push the button.
"People like to blow things up, I believe," Mayor Calloway said. "But of course it's a historic event and people want to be a part of it."
Calloway selected three women to help him flip the detonator switch. Those women are Lorraine Henderson, the wife of Dick Henderson, for whom the bridge was named; Margaret Bassett, who has written two books about the history of St. Albans; and Q.D. Woods, one of the area's "Rosies" who led the charge for a park honoring the women who worked in factories during World War II.
Woods also is believed to have been one of the first women to walk across the bridge when it was completed 79 years ago.
Calloway said there would be a short program before the women flipped the switch.
He expected the park would have about the same size crowd as it does for the Riverfest fireworks show.
"There's a steady stream of traffic each day of people driving down the roadside park, taking pictures of various stages of them dismantling it," Calloway said. "There's a lot of folks memorializing the bridge."
He said emergency officials were planning for the event and working out where fire and police personnel should be stationed. He said they were preparing in the event that something went wrong in the blast.
Motorists are discouraged from parking along U.S. 60 to watch the detonation.
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