Autobahn bridge in Bavaria demolished with explosives (VIDEO)

A demolition contractor in the north of Bavaria recently used 200kg of explosives to demolish an old autobahn viaduct. Situated close to the town of Bad Kissingen and to the north of the city of Nuremberg, the 46 year old A7 viaduct had reached the end of its working life and a new structure had been built alongside in this scenic rural area. Pre-weakening work had been carried out using hydraulic breakers along with drilling the necessary blastholes, to ensure the supports and deck collapsed in a controlle
Road Structures / July 1, 2013
A demolition contractor in the north of Bavaria recently used 200kg of explosives to demolish an old autobahn viaduct. Situated close to the town of Bad Kissingen and to the north of the city of Nuremberg, the 46 year old A7 viaduct had reached the end of its working life and a new structure had been built alongside in this scenic rural area. Pre-weakening work had been carried out using hydraulic breakers along with drilling the necessary blastholes, to ensure the supports and deck collapsed in a controlled fashion. Traffic on the new viaduct was halted briefly by the police for the duration of the blast, which was carried out safely and successfully by the contractor. An enterprising local farmer had clearly allowed spectators to congregate in a field on the nearby hillside to watch the demolition, while coffee and beer were being sold to those with a thirst.