New Bridge in Oxford Brings Relief

By Matt Porter

November 21, 2012 Updated Nov 21, 2012 at 7:25 PM EDT

Oxford, NY (WBNG Binghamton) It's smooth driving in Oxford now.

After about 10 months, the town has a new bridge leading into the center of town.

The old bridge stood for more than 50 years, but finally had to be torn down earlier this year.

The river crossing had been closed since January.

A problem since the town fire station and school sit across the river from the town center.

"I think it's about time because of the fire department and the school," said Aleta Ruley from Norwich, "It made things very difficult for the fire department because if they wanted to answer to a fire that's on the west side of town they can't get across the bridge."

"I couldn't get downtown and I don't have a car," said Nicole Stoddard from Oxford.

The new bridge is a much simpler design than the old Burr Bridge and its iconic overhang.