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Waterloo's $1.49M bridge renovation nearly complete

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WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - Waterloo's iconic but often vandalized pedestrian bridge is back in use after a $1.49 million makeover.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that pedestrians were using the Fourth Street Bridge for the first time in months, after the summer-long renovation. The project took a month longer than planned. There are still a few finishing touches left before the walkway and canopy are complete.

The walkway and bridge were built around 1974. Many had criticized the walkway's deterioration and vandalism prior to the renovation.

The revitalization project removed the bridge's side panels and added more lighting to deter vandalism and other criminal activity.

City Engineer Eric Thorson says there's much more activity downtown now. He says they'll hold a ribbon cutting ceremony sometime next week.

Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, http://www.wcfcourier.com

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