Anthony Boulevard Bridge reopens

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Allen County leaders officially reopened the Anthony Blvd. Bridge with a ribbon cutting Thursday evening.  This comes after eight months of major and necessary reconstruction.

Construction crews have completely replaced the bridge’s deck, added stronger support beams, widened the sidewalks on either side, installed new lighting, and added bike lanes.  The project began in September and is expected to have cost about $2 million.

Prior to its closure, county officials had to lower the weight limit on the bridge, which meant buses and commercial trucks weren’t allowed to cross.  Allen County officials say the order came after an inspection found structural problems that needed an immediate fix.

But leaders say that shouldn’t be a problem anymore with the newly improved bridge.

About 19,000 vehicles cross the Anthony Blvd. Bridge every day.

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