Crews blast part of historic B.B. Comer Bridge, process will continue in coming weeks

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SCOTTSBORO, Ala. - On Friday, crews demolished part of the historic B.B. Comer Bridge.  A portion was blown up at 3 p.m.

Crews stopped both roadway and river traffic due to this. Bystanders had to stay more than 1000 feet back for the blast, which shook the area and echoed over Sand Mountain.

"It's going to be going on through the summer. Probably through this month and into the next month," said Seth Burkett, Public Information spokesperson for the Alabama Department of Transportation.

The bridge will be taken down one section at a time. "Part of that is because of ... concerns about blocking the channels here," said Burkett.

The debris must be removed within 48 hours.

"After it's removed, parts of it that can be reclaimed will be reclaimed, salvaged," said Burkett.

There will be more blasting on June 8.

The B.B. Comer Bridge is in Scottsboro.