Beckjord Demolition update
On Friday, February 26, 2021 between the hours of 9:30am and 10:30am there will be a planned implosion of the remaining smokestack structure at the site of the former Beckjord Power Station. The goal is to safely demolish these structures and minimize any disruption to the local community.
The teams responsible for the implosion have been working closely with local officials, the Pierce Township fire department, New Richmond Fire and EMS, transportation officials and other local personnel to ensure all local and state guidelines are followed.
Below is some important information for residents to be aware of:
- The implosion will necessitate temporary road closures the morning of February 26, 2021 U.S. 52 will be temporarily closed between 10 Mile Road and Pond Run. Beckjord Road, Nelp Road, and Old US 52 at Pond Run Rd will also be closed. We expect these closures to last no more than 30 minutes, and alternative routes will be clearly marked.
- The Ohio River will also be closed to marine traffic during this time period.
- Residents nearby will hear an explosion-like sound as a result of the implosion. We anticipate this noise disruption will be brief.
- Once the implosion and checks to the site and surrounding areas are complete, traffic will re-open and restrictions will be lifted.
Please note, due to safety precautions and because of the facility’s location and the way it is situated near the river, public viewing is not available. This is especially important given the current guidance from health officials regarding social distancing with Covid-19.
We will remain in close contact with authorities and emergency responders to ensure the implosion plan is carefully and thoroughly executed.