New Discovery Bridge opens over Missouri River

The new Discovery Bridge over the Missouri River will open this weekend. The bridge links Yankton, South Dakota and South Yankton, Nebraska. Nebraska Department of Roads project manager Bob Wiebelhaus says it replaces the 84 year old Meridian Bridge, which still stands a half mile east.A dedication ceremony Saturday morning will include governors from both states and a student from each state cutting a ribbon on the south end of the $23 million structure.
Wiebelhaus says work that still needs to be done includes removing the old highway, pave the last 1,000 feet of the northbound roadway, wiring the lights on the tower spires, painting the rails, and painting the underside of the structure.