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UPDATE: Implosion of iconic bridge in Sabula, Jackson County

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A bridge connecting Iowa to Illinois has been demolished. 

It came crashing down into the Mississippi River. 

"It was almost like a silent film, it was all black, crashed into the water, caught everyone off guard with the explosion," said Tom Meekel, of Sterling, Illinois.

The steel bridge was built in 1932 and connected the two communities of Sabula, Iowa and Savanna, Illinois.

Hundreds from the area came out to see the implosion.  "The old community, they remember the old steel bridge, being slippery in the winter and everybody has their own story about going over it once or twice," added Meekel.

The nearly 90-year-old bridge had degraded over time. The lanes were also too narrow for today's traffic.

Seeing the demolition was sad for some. "I think it was an iconic piece to the history and the infrastructure of Savanna, and Sabula," said Scott Ide of Dixson, IL. 

It was replaced with the Dale Gardner Veterans Memorial Bridge. The new one signifies moving forward, and officials hope economic growth for the area. However, it's not open right now due to repairs.

Another smaller bridge on the Iowa side, was also closed recently. Normally, it takes 10 minutes to cross the river. Right now, people in both communities trying to get to the other side have a much longer detour of an hour.


Today, an eastern Iowa bridge was demolished.

The Jackson County bridge connects Sabula to Savanna, Illinois.

Check out minutes 49 and 50 in the Facebook live to see the demolition.

We'll have a full report for you tonight on the KWWL News 5 and 6. 

KWWL's Shirley Descorbeth contributed to this report. 

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