Construction workers have blown up the remains of Adolf Hitler's wartime bunker to clear the way for a housing project in East Berlin, the state-run East German news agency reported Thursday.

During World War II, Hitler and other Nazi officials often used bunker complexes in Berlin, then the capital of Germany, to direct the war and seek protection for Allied bomb attacks.To avoid capture when the war ended, Hitler and his companion Eva Braun committed suicide in the chancellory bunker, which was located on what is now part of the construction site in East Berlin.

In recent years, the bunker site was only a pile of rubble that had become overgrown with grass and weeds.

"For the new building project, the former bunker site was cleared over the past few months with numerous blastings and with wreckage collection teams," the ADN news agency report said.