NEWTON COUNTY, MO.--- A local man is recognized at the celebration of a finished Newton County bridge project. Newton County commissioners celebrated the reopening of the Tiger Road Bridge with a ribbon cutting this afternoon. It crosses over the middle Indian River, and is located just south of Highway HH near Stella. Construction on the 80 foot bridge began at the end of June. As a special part of the ribbon cutting ceremony, Kenneth Sturgeon, who lives near the bridge, was honored for being a Newton County citizen for 90 years.
"In the process, we discovered there was a gentleman living a couple miles from here or less who is around 90 or 91 who remembers the original bridge being built. So, we thought it'd be really fun to have a ribbon cutting for this bridge and invite him to be our special guest," said Marilyn Ruestman, Newton County Presiding Commissioner.
The project cost $84,000 and was paid for with money from the Newton County Bridge Fund.
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