TOWN OF RUSHFORD - Out with the old and in with the new! However, the past was not forgotten Sunday.
The community of Eureka turned out for a grand re-opening celebration of the County Highway K bridge.
The newly re-built bridge spans the Fox River in the Town of Rushford. That's about 16 miles west of Oshkosh.
With the snip of a scissors, Ed Tanner cut the ribbon to celebrate the opening of the Town of Rushford's new bridge.
"They conned me into cutting the ribbon again seeing I cut it back 74 years ago," said Tanner.
In 1939, Tanner, at the age of four, took part in the dedication ceremony of the last bridge.
Workers removed that bridge in spring of this year after state transportation officials deemed it unsafe.
Some say its historical value was unmatched.
"When it came down to it, it was the only one of it's kind in the state," said town clerk, Peggy Hendricks.
In a town where everybody knows everybody, crowds of people mingled on the new span, looking forward to its opening.
"I just think it's awesome to be a part of this," Hendricks said.
While the new bridge was under construction, drivers had to go through Omro or Berlin to get across the river.
Though Tanner's memories are vague, he recalls a different way of getting to the other side of town when the old bridge was being built.
"In the wintertime, we'd walk across the ice on this side, and back. Then the bridge tender, in the summertime, would ferry us back and forth in a a John boat to go to the store," Tanner explained.
While all of that is now history, Tanner's chance to again take part in a bridge dedication ceremony in his hometown, is an experience he and his family say they will treasure for years to come.
The town clerk says the bridge is expected to open sometime early this week.
Eighty percent of the new span's cost was covered by federal funds, twenty percent came from the county.
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