"That is really the best place," she said. "We are concerned that on the Nitro side, people could wander into an area that is not safe."
St. Albans officials handled the ceremony when their side of the bridge was demolished over the Kanawha River.
A large crowd gathered to see the St. Albans portion of the bridge brought down with explosives at 10 a.m. March 1.
For that event, St. Albans Mayor Dick Calloway selected three women to help him flip the detonator switch. They included Lorraine Henderson, wife of Dick Henderson, for whom the bridge was named; Margaret Bassett, who has written two history books about St. Albans; and Q.D. Woods, one of the area's "Rosies" who led the charge for a park honoring women who worked in factories during World War II. She is also believed to be one of the first women to walk across the bridge when it was completed 79 years ago.
The bridge is being removed to make way for a new and safer structure on the existing piers at an estimated cost of $23 million. Construction is targeted for completion by November.
Casebolt said residents are excited about the new bridge.
"It's actually a representation of Nitro and how we are moving forward along with the new bridge," he said.
A warning blast was sounded at 9:55 a.m. and again at 9:58 a.m. The detonation took place at 10 a.m.
Contact writer Charlotte Ferrell Smith at charlo...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1246.