CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Dick Henderson Bridge will go out with a bang after all.
The state Division of Highways announced Thursday morning that it has changed its demolition plans for the remaining portions of the Richard "Dick" Henderson Memorial Bridge, which used to connect the cities of Nitro and St. Albans.
Crews from Kokosing Construction had been slowly dismantling the bridge's steel superstructure. They removed the first portion of the bridge's center last Thursday.
But division spokeswoman Carrie Bly said that as crews began cutting into sections of the bridge closer to the river bank, they realized they needed to change their plans.
"The remaining steel was heavier than they anticipated and it's too heavy to lift," Bly said.
Once dismantled sections of the bridge had been cut away, a large crane was lowering them slowly down onto a barge to be shipped to a Kokosing scrap yard.
Bly said the weight of some remaining portions was too much to remove in this piecemeal manner.
Kokosing workers now plan to shoot explosives onto the remaining portions and blast them apart.