JAMESTOWN, R.I. (AP) – For 66 years, the 1.3-mile steel and concrete Jamestown bridge marked the landscape of Narragansett Bay.

Before the Jamestown-Verrazzano bridge opened in 1992, the old bridge connected motorists – even horses and buggies at one time – from Conanicut Island to Rhode Island’s mainland.

But in the next two weeks, the center span of the bridge – which has invoked feelings ranging from sentimental nostalgia to fear and ridicule – will be demolished.

The first in a series of blasts to take down the bridge is scheduled for April 18, state officials said. Some of the concrete and steel grating have already been removed to prepare for the demolition.