The pier closest to the Madison shoreline, rendered obsolete by the design of the new Madison-Milton bridge, was taken down with a blast near the waterline Friday. The detonation was designed to allow crews to direct the fall toward the riverbank. The portion that was taken down will be broken up into smaller pieces and hauled away. A second blast will break up the remaining, underwater portion of the pier. That blast is tentatively scheduled for next week. Three of the existing piers have been strengthened and widened to support the new bridge superstructure. A new land pier was built to replace the one demolished Friday. The new bridge superstructure is expected to be placed on the piers in March. Video of the pier demolition can be seen at www.madisoncourier.com. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie/kritchie@madisoncourier.com)