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McFarlane Bridge reopens after 2008 flooding


A bridge over the Cedar River that was damaged in the floods of 2008 reopened on Saturday.

Dozens of people celebrated the grand opening of the McFarlane Bridge along the Cedar Valley Nature Trail.

They ate, listened to live music and socialized before cutting ribbon and walking across the new bridge that serves as an important link to the 52-mile nature trail which runs from Black Hawk County to Linn County.

"It's just nice to think of putting the flood behind us, and it's been almost five years now so it's great to have it reopened," said Bill Rhoads of Cedar Rapids.

The new bridge was built 8-feet higher than the previous one.

It had a price tag of more than $3-million, but was paid for by state and federal grants.

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