The Aioi Bridge is a T-shaped bridge that was originally targeted by American forces for the atomic bomb. It was constructed in 1932 and replaced a train bridge that was extended to the northern end of the Peace Park. The A-bomb was set to detonate over the bridge. However, it burst over the hospital which was a few blocks away.
The bridge was disfigured from the blast and part of it fell into the river. Construction on the new bridge began in 1983 and granite was used to replace columns and pillars. This granite matches that which was used in constructing the Peace Park and the Atomic Bomb Dome. The main pillars still show traces of the bombing. Part of the bridge girder,, that was damaged in the blast, is on display at the Peace Memorial Museum.
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