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The Lincoln Street bridge over the Arkansas River reopened to traffic in south Wichita on Friday, and motorists no longer have to detour to Harry Street.
The bridge was closed in March of 2011 for a $13.7 million reconstruction project that included the construction of a new dam downstream. The dam will provide more efficient control of the level of the river through the downtown area once there are normal water levels in the river.
It's not known when the dam will be used to raise the river level north of Lincoln Street, because the drought has greatly reduced the level. River flows will have to increase substantially before the dam can be used safely.
The project also included the construction of a passage to allow boats and fish to travel south of the dam.
(photos by KFDI reporter Marc LaVoie)