QUECHEE, Vt. (AP) - A newly built bridge that replaces a covered bridge that was destroyed by floodwaters from Tropical Storm Irene has reopened to traffic in Vermont.
The bridge in Quechee was destroyed in August 2011, and a replacement span has been under construction since late summer.
Gov. Peter Shumlin attended Saturday's ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the new Quechee bridge, which crosses the Ottauquechee ("ought-a-KWEE-chee") River in the village of Quechee.
The Valley News reported that several hundred people came to the new bridge Saturday as it opened to traffic, with Shelly Yusko of Quechee being the first resident to drive her vehicle across it.
The bridge is a key link in and out of the Vermont village of Quechee. Final construction will be finished in the spring.
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