Crews in High River have finished dismantling most of the old rail bridge that was originally built in 1892 by the Calgary and Edmonton Railway.

The work started in October to bring down the bridge that was badly damaged by the floods at the end of June.

The High River Rail Bridge was slated for removal eventually but the town decided to dismantle it now rather than later.

The bridge has not had rail traffic running across it since 2010 and crews have removed about 600 metres of track leading up to it over the past few weeks.

Town officials say the removal of the landmark is an important step in flood mitigation for the community.

(With files from Kevin Fleming)