There may be as much interest in the demolition of the old Highway 47 bridge over the Missouri River at Washington as there was in the opening of the new structure. That may be a stretch, but no one can deny the demolition interest is building.

Adding to the interest is a raffle that is being held to determine who will press the “button” for the single explosion to drop the 82-year-old bridge into the river.

Raffle tickets are being sold for $5 with six selling for $20. All proceeds will go to the BackStoppers organization, which provides aid to families of first responders whose lives have been lost in the line of duty.

No exact date has been set for the demolition, which will be done by a wrecking firm out of Fenton on a weekday. It could be in mid-to-late March. Work is underway to remove some parts of the old bridge so equipment to remove the asphalt bridge decking can be moved onto the deck.

The old bridge is part of Washington’s history so removing it is noteworthy. The demolition will draw a crowd.

Raffle tickets can be purchased at the fire headquarters building on 14th Street, the Bank of Washington Downtown or by calling Fire Chief Tim Frankenberg at 636-221-4671. Over 5,000 tickets already have been sold.

There is no question, it’s an event!