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When you've crossed as many Russell bridges as 97 year old Evah Foster, you get to be the first to cross the new one. So she did just that Wednesday and warned people to watch out.
“I'm a speed demon anyway...I like to pass people on the road,” said Foster.
But she took it slow this time, opening the new bridge riding in style. People have had to take long, twisting detours while the new bridge was being built.
“It was kind of like, the old expression, 'You can't get there from here.' And this is just, it's just … huge,” said Larry Denesha, St. Lawrence County legislator, District 6.
The new $2.9 million bridge replaces a truss bridge built in 1929. At the heart of the county, it's the key to getting most anywhere. By last year, it was so badly rusted, vehicle weights were limited.
The chairman of the county legislature has already said that roads and bridges will be a priority for the coming year. So legislators are hoping the success with this bridge in Russell can pave the way for more to be done in the future.
The Russell Bridge is the first in the county to get money from the Bridge New York program.
“As a county, you know, we've got a number of bridges that need to be either refurbished or replaced and it comes down to dollars and cents,” said Denesha.
Bridge New York along with state bridge preservation money should give a boost to five other needed bridge projects around the county.