NORFOLK — If the cars zooming across the bridge didn’t make it official, a snip of scissors did.
The East Norfolk Avenue Bridge was ceremoniously opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday morning. Chairman of the Board of the Norfolk Area Chamber of Commerce Don Wisniewski says the new bridge is a big boost to the area.
“So it’s really going to improve the look cosmetically-wise and safety-wise (compared) to the bridge that was here,” Wisniewski said. “Just the overall downtown appearance is just going to be a lot better.”
Wisniewski, Mayor Josh Moenning and HyVee East manager Gene Walker addressed a crowd of Chamber members and city officials near the bridge before the ribbon cutting.
Moenning called the project transformative and said it will be a launching pad for new development.
“This area is really prime for new development, new energy, new recreational opportunities, new retail, perhaps new residential opportunities that will all benefit our community,” Moenning said.
Construction began on the bridge in late February with it shutting down to traffic on March 30th. The $5.7 million project included a new bridge, a new trail underneath the bridge and a new roadway section from First Street to Cottonwood Street.
Moenning says he expects the landscaping to completed in the spring.