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Delaware bridge construction becomes town parade’s Grinch

October 5, 2018

ELSMERE, Del. (AP) — A structurally deficient bridge is the Grinch that’s stealing one Delaware town’s Christmas parade.

The News Journal reports that street closures associated with the $4.3 million bridge rehabilitation project left Elsmere’s annual parade without a path.

Parade Co-Chair Joe Leonetti says they looked at different locations that could hold participants, such as parking lots, but the seasonal shopping rendered alternatives unsafe and “a logistical nightmare.”

Delaware Department of Transportation spokesman C.R. McLeod says construction on the 56-year-old bridge is expected to continue into next year, though the contractor hopes to reopen it to traffic by year’s end.

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Information from: The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., http://www.delawareonline.com

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