In London, the bridges might just fall down. But it takes a little dynamite to remove an old Kansas bridge.
With about 26,000 bridges, Kansas ranks fourth nationally in the number of bridges. Most of these bridges were built in the 1950s and 1960s. And since the average lifespan is about 50 years that means many bridges were due to be replaced within the last decade. Thus, many old bridges have had to be demolished to make way for a more modern bridge. (Thanks to better materials and design practices, the new bridges are likely to last 100 years or more). Our staff put together a video of the bridges and overpasses KDOT has had to demolish in recent years. If you like explosions or orchestral music, this video is for you.