Blast takes down I-79 bridge at Fairmont

FAIRMONT, W.Va. — Crews successfully demolished the northbound span of the South Fairmont Arch Bridge on Interstate 79 over the Tygart River Friday.

The work is part of the $72.5 million project awarded to Pennsylvania-based Swank Construction to widen I-79 to six lanes through the area.

You can watch a video of the blast here.

Contractors used a rolling roadblock to protect the public as charges were set off at 10 a.m. The blast area was restricted to authorized personnel only due to safety concerns.

The new I-79 bridge over the Tygart River is about 50% complete.

Now that the old northbound bridge has been demolished, crews will begin constructing the northbound half of the new bridge.

The project is scheduled to be completed by the summer of 2025.

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