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Students, Bike, Cycle, Bus, Vintage Car for Bridge Opening
Peshtigo Mayor Al Krizenesky announced official opening of the new bridge over the Peshtigo River for pedestrian and vehicle traffic will be at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12.
Peshtigo residents will be happy when the new bridge opens to traffic on Friday immediately after the ceremonies. It has been a long four months, during which traveling from one side of the city to the other required a six mile trip via the U.S. Hwy. 41 by-pass.
Meanwhile, water levels in the Peshtigo River are rising slowly, following the summer long drawdown to facilitate bridge repairs.
Official dedication of the new bridge will be on Memorial Day, 2013, when it will be named the Veterans Bridge. There will be a ceremony and dignitaries present for the event.
For Fridays festive bridge opening, students from kindergarten classes at Peshtigo Public School and St. Thomas Aquinas of Peshtigo will walk the bridge. They will be followed by a bicycle ridden by Ron Leyo of Peshtigo, a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, and a vintage automobile operated by Rudy Pelot of Peshtigo. Also crossing will be the free shuttle bus that has been in operation since the bridge was closed in June and will complete its route at 4:30 p.m. that day.
Lights on the bridge will soon be installed as well as coloring of nearby rocks and new railings.
Cost to replace the bridge was $2.4 million and another $1.4 million was for improvements from the bridge to Dolan Ave. and Old Peshtigo Road. Added were new blacktop, curb and gutter, replaced sidewalk ramps and new markings including a bicycle lane in the downtown area.
The new traffic lights have not as yet been installed at the tri-intersection of French St., Oconto Ave. and Emery Ave., as electrical work still continues. Motorists will still have to use caution as the intersection only has stop signs.