Contractors hired by Virginia Department of Transportation began dismantling the old Hardy Ford Bridge last week.

Crews took apart the metal truss bridge in pieces and placed it onto a barge. The bridge, which is more than 50 years old, then will be cut into smaller pieces and hauled away to be recycled, according to Johnny Altizer, project manager.

Work is expected to continue this week to take apart the rest of the bridge, Altizer said.

A new bridge, built alongside the old one, opened to traffic in mid-August. Construction on the new bridge began in 2017 and cost approximately $12 million.

Altizer said residents have stopped during construction to take photos and share their memories of the old bridge.