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Plymouth Township, July 5, 2016  − State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) was joined by federal, state and local officials this morning to cut the ribbon to open the Coal Street Bridge in Plymouth Township. The bridge was destroyed in a serious flash flood in July, 2011 that caused more than $1 Million in damage to the Coal Creek watershed. A temporary bridge was installed a few months after the flood, until a new bridge was designed and built.

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“The formal opening of the bridge marks the completion of a remarkable recovery on Coal Street and is a symbol of the tireless work, coordination and cooperation between citizens and officials at all levels of government,” said Senator Yudichak.“The disaster of 2011 could have broken the spirit of many communities, but here in Plymouth Township and Plymouth Borough it was a rallying cry.”

“I would like to thank the Plymouth Township supervisors for their leadership, dedication, and commitment to completion of this project,” said Representative Gerald Mullery (D-119th).

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“This is a great example of how state and local governments can work together on improving infrastructure.”

“Plymouth Township is grateful for everyone who contributed in any way to make this day possible and help in the construction of the bridge,” said Gail Conrad, Chairperson, Plymouth Township Board of Supervisors. “The tremendous cooperation from everyone – federal, state, and local officials, in addition to all the agencies – says it all. Special thanks to our neighbors in Plymouth Borough. It shows again good things happen when everyone pulls together – no one can do things alone.”

Representatives for Governor Tom Wolf, Congressman Lou Barletta, Senator Bob Casey and Pat Toomey were joined by Luzerne County officials, and Plymouth Borough officials at the ribbon cutting ceremony.