BLACK ROCK, AR (KAIT) - A ribbon cutting for the new Black Rock Bridge was held Thursday morning as city and county officials expressed their excitement for the finished product.
The project began after a low rating of the old bridge caused a weight restriction to be implemented.
Black Rock Mayor Bonnie Ragsdale said the time it took to get the new bridge completed has been rough for the town.
She said people from all over the country called to complain about not being able to cross the bridge with their cargo.
"Anytime you have a business on this side and they can put people in your area back to work, it helps a lot," Ragsdale said. "All of them have had layoffs because of the bridge. So I can see it as a plus for all of us."
As an average driver, Ragsdale said she now feels safer crossing the bridge.
She said she used to cross her fingers and say a short prayer that she would make it across.
The bridge has been open to drivers since May.
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