SUTLIFF– The historic Sutliff Bridge officially reopens Friday, Oct. 12, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4 p.m.
The ceremony will include Johnson County and FEMA officials, as well as representatives of the Sutliff Bridge Authority and two entities that worked on the project, VJ Engineering and Iowa Bridge and Culvert.
The bridge will be open to the public after the ceremony. The Sutliff Bridge Authority will hold a reopening celebration at a later date.
One-third of 1898 bridge, which crosses the Cedar River in Sutliff, was swept away in the Flood of 2008. Although the bridge hadn’t been open to traffic since the early 1980s, it has been a popular gathering spot since it closed.
Cost to repair the bridge and replace the destroyed span was about $2 million, including engineering fees.
The bridge is owned by Johnson County and FEMA dollars were used for the project.