Tel Aviv Landmark Bridge Demolished to Make Way for Light Rail Station

Maariv Bridge comes down in a cloud of dust and smoke as spectators cheer.

Avi Bar-Eli
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Maariv Bridge in Tel Aviv demolished, August 21, 2015.
Maariv Bridge in Tel Aviv demolished, August 21, 2015.Credit: Screengrab from live feed
Avi Bar-Eli

The Maariv Bridge, a Tel Aviv landmark, was demolished at 6 A.M. on Friday to make way for a light rail station.

The 358 meter long and 8 meter wide bridge rested on 14 parallel cement columns – eight of which were exploded one after the other, bringing down the rest in their wake, as hundreds of spectators cheered.

Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz had the honor of pushing down the lever which detonated the bridge.

The dismantlement of the bridge parts will follow, using heavy machinery, in the next few days. 

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