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Drivers are enjoying a new Highway 79 bridge just north of Clarksville.

The one-point-two-million-dollar span over Big Calumet Creek opened to traffic Friday afternoon (Nov. 13). It replaced a bridge that was 80 years old.

The project began on August 17th and forced the state to close that part of Highway 79 during construction. Work was finished slightly ahead of schedule. Motorists may encounter flaggers in the next few weeks as crews seed and mulch around the bridge.

Three other aging Highway 79 crossings are on the list for repair or replacement by 2018. Despite decreasing dollars, the state is proceeding with the projects because it considers Highway 79 a primary route.