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Dedication ceremony on tap for new Redington Street Bridge


November 09, 2011
LITTLETON — The two-year-old Redington Street Bridge project is finally wrapping up with a dedication ceremony planned for 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11, to honor a Littleton native who died in World War II. Town Manager Fred Moody also said Monday afternoon that barring any glitches, the bridge would be open by Wednesday.

Louis "Bob" Corey, who died in 1944 in a field hospital after he was captured by the Germans, will be remembered on Veterans Day during a dedication following the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Moody said keynote speaker Brig. Gen. (select) Peter Corey will be joined by family and friends, as well a Veterans of Foreign Wars guard and Executive Councilor Ray Burton for the unveiling of a plaque on the bridge.

The $2 million project has been in the works since 2009, when the town voted to replace a 1928 High Pratt Truss metal bridge that spans the Ammonoosuc rather than repair it. Last spring the old link between the Apthorp neighborhood and Littleton was finally removed for new construction, and the Board of Selectmen voted to dedicate the new structure to Corey.

Corey was a Littleton resident and business owner who had a wife and three small daughters when he enlisted with the army in early 1944 at the age of 31. He was initially buried in Fresnes, France, but was later moved to that country's Lorraine American Memorial and Cemetery alongside 11,000 of his American compatriots also killed in that war.

At the selectman meeting, an email from a nephew of Corey was read out loud: "I can't tell you if my Uncle Bob was a war hero, but he is a hero to me and a powerful example of what a true American is," said John Simon.

For the most part, the project stayed on track during its construction and managed to make the hoped for Veterans Day dedication deadline.

"The bridge was delayed for a few weeks due to the steel fabrication delay, but once the steel was delivered the bridge went quite smoothly, and its now ready for use by residents and businesses," said Moody.

Moody said special thanks goes out to residents Frank and Thurita Grammo and Magdalena Fontanez, who live near the bridge and "put up with a lot of noise," as well as Winterset Inc. of Lyndonville and area subcontractors and contributors.

Martin Lord Osman
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