Residents and local officials gathered Friday morning to mark the end of the project that was years in the making as the new Renwick Road bridge opened to cars for the very first time.
Plainfield Township Highway Commissioner Sam Reichert said the date — Oct. 19 — was significant: it marked exactly one year since construction began on the two-lane bridge.
The new bridge will replace the century-old one-lane bridge, which closed to vehicle traffic immediately following a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new bridge.
Residents got to see the completed bridge for the very first time, and took some time to bike or stroll along the structure before it opened to vehicle traffic.
The $7.4 million bridge is more than 623 feet long and 30 feet wide, with a pedestrian/bicycle lane. It replaces the 153-foot-long, 12-foot-wide single-lane bridge built in 1912.
In addition to the bridge and improvements on Renwick and River roads, the project includes new roadway lighting and the planting of 170 new trees.