Preparing for sweet blast…

Countdown underway for Idaho silo implosion.

A Sugar City landmark is about to bite the dust with the planned demolition March 29 of the eight-story high grain silo on the west end of Center Street.

The 110-foot grain silo was constructed between 1906 and 1909. The city purchased the grain elevator from Steiner Elevator Company in 1997, after the building lay dormant for about 20 years.

The demolition is scheduled for 9 am (local time) and access for traffic and pedestrians will be temporarily blocked in the area.

Sugar City officials said the project will cost a total of $41,200, which includes the demolition, debris removal and encapsulation.

The main contractors for the project are Eagle Rock Blasting, of Idaho Falls, and Hill and Sons Excavation, of St. Anthony.

“They’ve engineered the heck out of it — in a couple of seconds it’ll be over,” said Zane Baler, Sugar City’s public works director.

Much of the debris from the concrete tower will be buried at the site and the city plans to landscape the building’s site into the already existing small park.

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