Part of former Buffalo River bridge demolished in South Buffalo

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Work crews demolished the center pier from the former Buffalo River bridge near Old Bailey Avenue in South Buffalo on Wednesday. 

The demolition is one of the final steps being taken to completely remove the second of the old spans. 

City officials say the explosion was actually a lot bigger than it looked, because most of the damage was underwater.

For 90 years, the bridges carried  thousands of cars a day over Cazenovia Creek and the Buffalo River.

The old center pier is about all that’s left of the South Buffalo landmark.. two bridges joined together over the Buffalo River and Cazenovia Creek, right where they flow together.

The Bailey Avenue bridge replacement is a $22 million project, that got underway a little short of two years ago.

Work crews removed both of the old bridges, but the center pier from the Buffalo River bridge was still left.

The purpose of the explosion was to make the final removal a lot easier and improve ice flow in the winter. 

When construction is finished the area along the bridge that used to be roadway will be converted to green space.
 

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