By Rachel Kytonen
The city of Cambridge celebrated the opening of the new 2nd Ave. bridge during a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday, Nov. 14.
Gathering for the ribbon cutting celebration included Cambridge Mayor Marlys Palmer and members of the city council, Cambridge city staff, Representative Kurt Daudt, members of the Cambridge Area Chamber of Commerce, members of Anoka Ramsey Community College Cambridge Campus, local business owners, interested citizens, members of Lunda Construction and more.
“This reconstruction project has been very eagerly anticipated by the citizens of Cambridge, and also has been one of the largest local tourist attractions in the city all summer,” said Cambridge Mayor Marlys Palmer.
Palmer explained the bridge was originally built in 1922 when the road used to be Hwy. 95. The bridge needed to be reconstructed as it was deemed “structurally deficient.” It also needed to be repaired to avoid a 14-mile detour when the Hwy. 95 bridge is repaired.
Palmer thanked all the hard work of Lunda Construction, City Engineer Todd Blank, Public Works Director Steve Wegwerth, City Administrator Lynda Woulfe, City Finance Director Caroline Moe, the entire Cambridge City Council and the citizens of Cambridge.
Palmer explained the bridge cost $1,320,451, and state bonding funding contributed $611,417 to the project.
“I’m happy to report this project is paid in full,” Palmer said.
The new bridge is wider, has lighting, and a sidewalk for pedestrians to enjoy and to cross the bridge safely.
Citizen Bonnie Boese, who works at the Cambridge Campus, was excited about the new bridge and uses it daily to walk to work.
Boese was the first citizen to “officially” walk across the new bridge with her dogs on Monday afternoon.