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New bridge opens connecting Nitro, WV and St. Albans, WV

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Lorraine Henderson is the widow of Dick Henderson. The bridge is named after him. Lorraine Henderson is the widow of Dick Henderson. The bridge is named after him.
Nitro, WV -

Friday was a big day for people in Nitro, WV and St. Albans, WV as they celebrated the opening of a new bridge connecting the two cities.

The brand new Dick Henderson Memorial Bridge opened to motorists Friday.

There was a ceremony just before noon to make the opening official.

In Jan. 2013 the old bridge was torn down to make way for the new structure.

Lorraine Henderson, the widow of Dick Henderson, was one of the guests of honor at the opening. She stayed busy greeting old friends who remembered her husband. Lorraine said the day was about more than opening a bridge. It was about remembering her husband and his legacy. 

"Some people were over there and said 'well I wondered why it was called the Dick Henderson bridge' and I thought, well you didn't know Dick Henderson," recalled Julie Graham, an old friend who stopped to talk to Henderson. 

"For this community it is like a turn around with growth," Lorraine Henderson said. "To see the accomplishment, the going forward, it feels just overwhelming."

It was a day Lorraine said would make her husband proud.

The Nitro and St. Albans High School marching bands played music together for the occasion. Boy Scouts from both cities also lead the Pledge of Allegiance.