MIFFLIN - The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and local officials will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. on Dec. 5 on the new state Route 35 Juniata River Bridge in the boroughs of Mifflin and Mifflintown to mark the bridge's official opening.
PennDOT and local community leaders will offer brief remarks before cutting a ribbon, and then a small parade of cars will lead the first traffic over the new bridge.
The bridge was part of a three-year, nearly $16 million project that began in 2011 and includes new bridges that span the river and railroad, a roundabout near the Tuscarora Middle School and a new pedestrian bridge scheduled for 2013 construction.
Sentinel photo by BUFFIE BOYER
An oversized load uses the new river bridge connecting Mifflintown and Mifflin Thursday afternoon. The ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the new bridge will be held on Dec. 5.
The current river bridge was built in 1937 and is structurally deficient and has undergone emergency repairs twice in the past several years. The current bridge will close when the new bridge opens.
PennDOT staff will be on site to direct parking for the event.