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Greenfield holding ceremony for bridge reopening

November 12, 2014

GREENFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Greenfield covered bridge knocked off its abutments and damaged by the remnants of Hurricane Irene in 2011 is reopening to vehicular traffic for the first time in 12 years.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Pumping Station Bridge that spans the Green River is scheduled for Thursday.

Mayor William Martin tells The Recorder (http://bit.ly/1qDOmGa ) that reopening the bridge to pedestrians and cars was one of his goals when he took office.

The bridge was lifted back into position last month after a $1 million restoration project.

Even before Irene hit in August 2011, the bridge had been closed to vehicles since 2002 because it was deemed unsafe.

The current bridge built in 1972 replaced a 100-year-old bridge that was burned down by vandals in 1969.

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Information from: The (Greenfield, Mass.) Recorder, http://www.recorder.com

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