LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Many Central Arkansans stood outside, waiting for the Broadway Bridge to fall into the river Tuesday morning.
The demolition of the 93-year-old bridge was a part of Arkansas Highway and Transportation’s plan replace it, after it was deemed “structurally deficient.”
One attendant was excited for the historical event to happen saying it is rare to get to wake up and see a bridge “blow up.” One man predicted there would be some loud noise before the bridge would slowly sink into the river.
Unfortunately, when the explosion blasted, the Broadway Bridge did not budge.
Many kids who attended were confused and let down. One said he expected “stuff to fall everywhere.” Some adults were even disappointed, including a grandfather who had brought his two grandkids from Memphis to watch.
Many other people who were not at the event chose to watch online. People from Afghanistan all the way to Arkadelphia were watching. THV11's Facebook Live videos of the bridge reached nearly one hundred thousand people, and “#BroadwayBridge” even became a trending Twitter topic nationwide.
On Twitter, someone made satirical account of the Broadway Bridge fighting back against being torn down.
Broadway Bridge— Broadway Bridge (@LRBridge) October 11, 2016
Born: March 14, 1923
Deceased: No Time Soon.
Although today’s detonation didn't quite deliver, it made national news and got a lot of people talking. After five hours, the AHTD was able to bring down the bridge.
Stay tuned with THV11 and THV11.com as the Broadway Bridge replacement progresses.