Historic Bridge open again

MADISON COUNTY, Iowa - The Cedar Covered Bridge is rebuilt and open. 

In 2017, the bridge was destroyed by fire, arson, for the second time in 15 years.

Over $720,000 was raised to restore the bridge to its original state.

Madison County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Heather Riley said improvements have been made to the new Cedar Covered Bridge.

It’s got steel bones this time. Previously, there were wood trusses, so now it’s steel.

The bridge now has cameras and a fire suppression system installed. 

The Cedar Covered Bridge was originally built in 1883 and came in the spotlight after James Waller’s novel "The Bridges of Madison County" was published and created into a movie.

The 50th anniversary of the Covered Bridge Festival that is on now through Oct. 13.

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