Some local motorists were able to experience a small measure of relief from ever-rising fuel costs beginning this past weekend.

But it wasn’t because prices at the pump were reduced dramatically.

By mid-day Saturday, the highway barriers were to be taken down, and the new Honey Creek Bridge — near Chimney Corner on U.S. Rte. 60 — was slated to open for vehicular traffic. The bridge’s opening will allow numerous local residents and travelers alike to again use W.Va. Rte. 16 as a connector road between the plateau and the valley areas of Fayette County, instead of utilizing longer detours they’d been forced to drive over the past three months.

According to Nate Orders, project manager for Orders Construction Co. of St. Albans, the $2 million bridge replacement project was a smooth one. “There were no real issues, which is why we were able to finish on time.”

And he’s sure motorists are anxious to use the new span, which is about 50 percent wider than the bridge it replaces. “Obviously if they have a heavy load (commercial traffic) they’ll like it, because there’s no weight limit.”

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