The Mr. Peanut Bridge is now open to traffic, and the steel truss structure connecting downtown to the south and west sides has been painted red since its closing.
Video on the opening here, news story here, and message board (with pictures) are here.
Also known as the Spring Commons Bridge, and now the Fallen Firefighters Memorial Bridge, the ever-present steel representation of a nutty character is why the locals call it the Mr. Peanut Bridge.
zooming in . . .
As luck would have it, I was there as the sun was illuminating this crimson structure, as government employees were removing the "road closed" signs.
The driver of this white Pontiac Vibe at 5:10pm on 10/17/2008 was the first vehicle to drive across the bridge, giving a hearty "thumbs up".
here then, are a few more shots of the bridge:
Finally, at some point during the day, a solitary red rose was placed at the base of the bridge.