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Holly Hill, FL - A ribbon-cutting ceremony and small parade behind Holly Hill City Hall officially opens a bridge that’s sat unused for years.

Various local and state officials – including U.S. Representative John Mica – were on hand at 5pm Friday to celebrate the Daytona Avenue Bridge re-opening to vehicle traffic.

After the ribbon-cutting ceremony – done by Mica with the help of members of a local chapter of the Boys & Girls Club – was when a slew of vehicles drove across the newly constructed bridge, led by Holly Hill Police’s 32,000-pound armored “Border Basher” vehicle towing their Mobile Command Unit (picture above).

The new concrete bridge – unlike the old one before it was condemned by the Florida Department of Transportation – is designed to handle all kinds of big and heavy vehicles, including 18-wheelers.

No vehicles were allowed to use the bridge at all after a crumbling foundation was exposed during a storm in 2009.

City officials say not having that bridge – located near the US 1 and LPGA Boulevard intersection – has hampered fire and police response to emergencies as well as frustrated locals trying to drive around the area.

The design and construction phase began in December 2012 after Gregori Construction, Inc. won the bid to re-build the bridge.

That came following a lengthy legal battle waged by Commercial Industry Corporation when their bid was rejected by FDOT for not having state-approved surveyors.

The final project cost came out to around $950,000 dollars, with all the money covered by the federal government or FDOT, per Holly Hill City Manager Jim McCroskey.