North Cherokee Bridge opened right on schedule. Delaware County Commissioner Doug Smith said earlier in the day it would be open at five. Cars had started lining up at about 4:30 p.m. The first car to cross the bridge was driven by nearby resident and business owner Jeff Dozier. “Cherokee Storage wants to personally thank him,” said Dozier to Smith. “This will be cool,” he said. Dozier’s family and other neighbors walked, road four wheelers, and drove their cars to be the first to see the bridge re-open. The next car behind Dozier’s was drive by Kenn Johnston. Johnston is also a local resident. “We live on 278 Road. We are very happy and very impressed by what a good job they did and very quickly, despite the government,” said Johnston.
County workers removed the barricades blocking North Cherokee Bridge. The bridge that washed away after recent flooding has been replaced by a temporary bridge.