Green reports bridge is on schedule

Green reports bridge is on schedule It's beginning to look as though it won't be too long before people can cross the Missouri River near Vermillion without having to wait for it to freeze over first. The steel girders in the left of the photo are attached to the abutment on the Nebraska bank and extend to the pier on the edge of the river. Coming from South Dakota, the steel is in place to the middle of the river. by David Lias Dr. James Green, co-chairman of the Newcastle/Vermillion Bridge Corporation, reported Monday that the bridge construction is progressing on schedule.

The Newcastle/Vermillion Steering Committee met last month, he told the Vermillion City Council Monday.

Skip Meisner, coordinator of the construction project, and Steve Ulmer, the superintendent overseeing the new bridge construction, were present at the meeting.

"He (Ulmer) assured us that the completion date will be Nov. 1," Green said.

Just a few days after the bridge is completed, a ribbon cutting ceremony will be held to officially note that the span is open.

"We are looking at Nov. 3 for our ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of the bridge," Green said. "I have had correspondence with the congressional people. I had a call back from Sen. (Tim) Johnson, and he indicated that Nov. 10 would be better because on Nov. 3 Congress will be in session. The date of the ribbon cutting will be discussed later this week."

The bridge corporation is looking at holding a bridge dedication ceremony on June 7, 2002, he added.

"We've planned it for June because we know there could be potential problems caused by winter weather," Green said, "and there would be conflicts with state high school football playoffs in both South Dakota and Nebraska.

"Also, they (the workers) may hit a snag somewhere along the way and may not be done for that dedication ceremony in November," he added. "They may not have all of the cleanup work done at the site before June."

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