Spring Street Bridge Reopens

By Stephanie Parkinson

October 5, 2012 Updated Oct 5, 2012 at 6:38 PM EDT

Fort Wayne, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - A major construction project wrapped up in the Summit City this week. After 18 months the Spring Street Bridge is back open.

Friday afternoon Allen County and city officials marked the opening with a ribbon cutting.

The project cost around $2.2 million. Close to 80 percent of that amount was covered with federal funding. The project widened the bridge, added turn lanes and added a traffic light at the Leesburg intersection.

"It's wider and it also has wide sidewalks on both sides, so it's a safer intersection plus the traffic can't come barreling from the west because there's a traffic light there now, so it's going to be signalized traffic, which for us, is a better thing," said Linda Bloom, Allen County Commissioner.

The opening of the bridge was a big celebration for a local business. The Deer Park Irish Pub had been blocked off to traffic because of the construction.

The bar is at the corner of Spring Street and Leesburg. Along with Spring Street being shut down a section of Leesburg Road was also closed leaving the bar almost on its own island.

The owner of the bar credits a big holiday for getting him through this tough time.

"I was able to really weather this 18-month ordeal really as a result of last years St. Patrick’s Day, which was the opposite of what we're experiencing right now. It was sunny and beautiful and as a result it was a great day for us, it was a pot of gold," said Tony Henry, owner, Deer Park Irish Pub.

In conjunction with the ribbon cutting Friday the Deer Park Irish Pub hosted a ‘Prohibition Party’ to celebrate the main thoroughfares to the bar being back open.

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