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Robertson Bridge in Danville Finally Complete


Danville, VA -- The Virginia Department of Transportation and the city held a ribbon cutting for the Robertson Bridge Thursday. Officials say 20,000 vehicles went over the bridge every day before the construction. It was built in 1940, and city officials say now driving over it is better and safer.

Traffic finally flows smoothly on the Robertson Bridge, but even Mayor Sherman Saunders knows for years that wasn't the case.

"It was a two lane structure and was frequently congested, believe me, I know, I live on this end," said Saunders.

So since June 2010, construction turned the bridge into this 5 lane overpass with a pedestrian path. Now, a ribbon cutting symbolized the near completion.

"Yes, we count our success one at a time. And we are having many of them," said Saunders.

"It's going to attract people to come to Danville, especially with the River District expanding. It will provide better access," said Gary Miller, the vice mayor.

The project cost nearly $40 million, about two thirds of which were paid for by the Federal Recovery Act. The other portion came from the State.

"Former Congressman Tom Perriello and Governor Tim Kaine saw to it that a chunk of that money that was available to Virginia came to Danville," said Chris Daniel, chair of the Danville Democratic Committee.

Crowds gathered at the ceremony, holding signs and spreading a message.

"We cannot depend on government to do everything for us but there are things that we cannot do without the aid and assistance of government," said Daniel.

The only major work left is paving lanes on Memorial Drive, which should be completed Wednesday. A final restoration work should be done in couple weeks.

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