UTICA, Ill. — The old Illinois 178 Bridge over the Illinois River in Utica was imploded March 18, 2021.
According to the Department of Transportation, the bridge came down on a "cold and windy morning."
A bridge to replace this one was completed in October of 2020. Construction began in 2017, the total cost was $27.4 million. The bridge has a pedestrian pathway that allows for travel between state parks and to downtown Utica.
The old bridge was built in 1962. It was a steel truss structure with no shoulder.