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The Barrett Street Bridge is back: Port Hope opens new, wider bridge

Port Hope Mayor Bob Sanderson and project manager Jeanette Davidson drive over the recently rebuilt Barrett Street bridge in Sanderson's convertible Tuesday, breaking a ribbon held by Deputy Mayor Greg Burns (in photo) and Councillor Terry Hickey. Sanderson said the project was on time and on budget for the opening. The nine-metre-wide bridge replaces a 3.5-meter-wide bailey bridge that was intended to be temporary when it was installed in 1980 to replace a bridge lost to flood. The provincial and federal governments kicked in 66% of the cost for the $1.5 million project. Pete Fisher/Northumberland Today

Port Hope Mayor Bob Sanderson and project manager Jeanette Davidson drive over the recently rebuilt Barrett Street bridge in Sanderson's convertible Tuesday, breaking a ribbon held by Deputy Mayor Greg Burns (in photo) and Councillor Terry Hickey. Sanderson said the project was on time and on budget for the opening. The nine-metre-wide bridge replaces a 3.5-meter-wide bailey bridge that was intended to be temporary when it was installed in 1980 to replace a bridge lost to flood. The provincial and federal governments kicked in 66% of the cost for the $1.5 million project. Pete Fisher/Northumberland Today

Thirty-seven years after its predecessor was damaged in a flood and replaced by a "temporary" military one-lane bridge, the Bennett St. bridge is back in downtown Port Hope.

The replacement, completed this year, is a proper two-lane span.

Mayor Bob Sanderson and project manager Jeanette Davidson took the first spin across the bridge Tuesday to officially open it.