CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- St. Albans police anticipate heavy traffic and large crowds as crews demolish the Nitro-St. Albans bridge with controlled explosives this Friday morning.
Crews are expected to detonate the explosion at 10 a.m., St. Albans Police Capt. James Agee said in a news release.
At about 9:55 a.m., officers will stop traffic along U.S. 60 at the intersection of 4th Street, by C&O Nissan, and 2nd Street near Appalachian Tire. The alley that runs behind Taco Bell and Tim Horton's, 3rd Street, will also be closed.
Drivers in a hurry should avoid U.S. 60 in St. Albans, Agee said.
"You should come through before 9:45 a.m. or after 10:30 a.m. or use Kanawha Terrace to get through town," he said.
People are only allowed to watch the detonation from the south side of U.S. 60.
No one is allowed on the north side and no one can park at the C&O Nissan lots, Agee said.
People may watch at Roadside Park and the camping area, where parking is provided.
A five-minute warning siren and a two-minute warning siren will alert spectators. The blast is loud and children should wear hearing protection, Agee said.
Workers at C&O Nissan and Lou Wendell Marine Sales were advised to stay inside and 8 feet away from windows.A post-detonation inspection will ensure all explosives properly detonated. Agee hopes traffic would only be stopped for a few minutes.