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Here's What It Looked Like When Saskatoon Demolished Its Oldest Bridge

Farewell, Traffic Bridge.

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Saskatoon has said farewell to its oldest bridge. Engineers blew up the 109-year-old Traffic Bridge to make way for construction of a new, expanded bridge across the South Saskatchewan River.

Thousands of people gathered to watch two of the bridge's four spans come down.

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The spans fell onto a specially constructed berm underneath.

The Traffic Bridge was the first one in the city to accommodate vehicles — hence its unimaginative name. This photo was taken in 1908, a year after the bridge opened to the public.

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The Traffic Bridge, also known as the Victoria Bridge, was closed indefinitely in 2010 after inspectors deemed it unsafe.

A new steel truss bridge with wider lanes and pedestrian walkways is planned for the same site.

Ishmael N. Daro is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto. PGP fingerprint: 5A1D 9099 3497 DA4B

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