NEW CASTLE — The first cars drove across the new American Veterans Memorial Bridge on Monday.
Before traffic flowed, the new Mill Street span was dedicated by the Lawrence County commissioners and the New Castle Area Honor Guard.
The bridge has been closed since January. It was last rehabilitated in the 1980s, when it was given its name. Dan Willis of MS Consultants Inc. said it is a two-span, multi-steel girder bridge and replaced a through truss bridge.
Audrey Przybylski of the Lawrence County Historical Society said input from the New Castle Historical Architectural Review Board prompted the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to include wrought iron bridge railings that allow viewing of the river and an aesthetically pleasing design.
The new bridge replaces one that was built in 1929.
The $3 million project was funded 100 percent by state and federal dollars.