PARK FALLS - A 69-year-old bridge in Park Falls finally got replaced this year. After six months of hard work, the town has a completely new North Fork Flambeau River Bridge.
The bridge on highway 182 was officially reopened last Friday. It serves as a main connection in Park Falls, so the town was essentially split in half throughout the project.
Park Falls Mayor Daniel Leitl says it was exciting to open up the new bridge.
"Oh, it was fantastic. There was a lot of phone calls running back and forth trying to figure out when it was actually going to open. We had several people lined up behind our sand truck ready to go, so everybody was ready and very happy for it to open up," said Leitl.
The new bridge has wider lanes, a wider sidewalk, and some new lighting. Leitl says local business owners in particular are seeing the benefits of having the bridge opened again.
"There's several establishment[s] that had parties already to celebrate the opening of the bridge, and I've seen an uptick in some of the businesses already, you know. It looked like there was more people coming in, and we'd like to think it's because our town is whole again," said Leitl.
There's still some paving that needs to get done, which will be completed next spring.