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Parkview Bridge in Akron Reopens

Bridge had been closed for more than seven years


Erie County Executive Chris Collins is pleased to announce the Parkview Bridge in Akron Falls Park has been rebuilt and is now reopened to traffic.

The original picturesque bridge was built in 1933. After years of deterioration, it was determined the bridge was no longer safe, and it was closed in May of 2003. Erie County’s Public Works Department, led by Commissioner Jerry Sentz, awarded a contract to Cold Spring Construction Company to build a replica of the historic bridge in May of last year.

 The span is 159 feet long and is used by about 1,600 vehicles per day as well as pedestrians.

 County Executive Collins said, “I’m thrilled the County was able to rebuild this replica of the original Parkview Bridge in Akron. Akron Falls is a beautiful County park, and this bridge reopening will make it easier for taxpayers to access all that this park has to offer."

FAA Safety Legislation Passes House & Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C - Crucial legislation that will change pilot and co-pilot flight requirements passed the House of Represenatives late Thursday night, and then passed the Senate on Friday morning.

Representative Louise Slaughter, Representative Chris Lee and Represenative Brian Higgins all spoke to the House moments before the bill passed, thanking the families of Flight 3407 victims for their hard work and tireless efforts to ensure the legislation passed.

Kevin Kuwik, boyfriend of Lauren Mauer who died on Flight 3407, spoke to Channel 2 by phone from Washington, D.C. late Thursday and said the families were "thrilled" for the process to finally be moving ahead.