Crews Clear Bridge Rubble at Old Packard Plant

The bridge had been off-limits because of concerns about its structural integrity.

The pedestrian bridge that once was part of a Packard auto assembly plant collapsed on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019.
The pedestrian bridge that once was part of a Packard auto assembly plant collapsed on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019.
Daniel Mears/Detroit News via AP

DETROIT (AP) — Officials in Detroit say crews have removed the remnants of the collapsed pedestrian bridge that once was part of a Packard auto assembly plant.

The city said in a statement late Friday afternoon that the boulevard where the rubble had been has reopened.

Crews had been working since the Wednesday collapse to separate the remaining parts of the bridge from adjacent buildings and remove debris.

No injuries were reported.

The city adds samples of the material were tested for asbestos and none was detected.


The bridge was erected in 1939. It had been off-limits to tour groups in recent years because of concerns about its structural integrity.


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