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Historic Sutliff bridge reopens four and a half years after flood

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A historic bridge in Johnson County heavily damaged by the floods of 2008 is now back open, four and a half years later.

A section of the more-than 100-year-old bridge was swept away by the Cedar River in 2008.

Friday the town of Sutliff celebrated the bridge's restoration.

The bridge was originally built to give the small town a direct connection with the county seat in Iowa City.

It's now something that holds both historic and sentimental for many.

"It's a matter of enjoying the small things, really.  Enjoy the little things because this is tranquility for a lot of people," said Sarah Brannaman with the Sutliff Bridge Authority.

The cost of the bridge's restoration was more than $1.5 million.

It was paid for by federal and state funds.

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