Ribbon Cutting Held For New Bern Drawbridge

It was all a formality but one that New Bern residents were proud to relive.

The ribbon was cut Monday by transportation officials on the new Alfred Cunningham Drawbridge.

The bridge opened to traffic and pedestrians Friday.

The bridge was originally supposed to open in November, but weather and other delays pushed back the date four times.

The new 41-million dollar bridge does not come without controversy either. It will cost the city about 160,000 dollars to maintain and operate.

Governor Beverly Perdue was scheduled to speak, but was unable to attend the event. Her office says she is not feeling well.

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The long awaited Alfred Cunningham Drawbridge is now open to traffic in downtown New Bern.

A group of about 50 downtown merchants were the first to use the new bridge, walking across around 9:00 a.m. Traffic was allowed to use the span around 10:30 a.m.

The new double bascule bridge was originally supposed to open in November, but weather and other delays pushed back the date four times to Friday.

A ribbon cutting ceremony is planned for the event at 11:00 a.m. Monday.


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Friday is a big day for residents and downtown merchants in New Bern.

The Alfred Cunningham Drawbridge is set to reopen, after about three years of construction.

The new double bascule bridge was originally supposed to open in November, but weather and other delays pushed back the date four times to Friday. A ribbon cutting ceremony is planned for the event at 11:00 a.m. Monday.

Amid much controversy, the city will pay to operate and maintain the state-built bridge, which could cost taxpayers around $160,000 a year.


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