By Jay Braman Jr.
There were plenty of smiles on faces Friday morning on the Bridge Street Bridge in Phoenicia. More than 100 actually.
It was unusual to see that many people in one place in the Town of Shandaken hamlet, and even more unusual to see them all on a bridge at the same time.
But Friday morning was a special occasion. It was the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the bridge, a span that was crippled last August when Tropical Storm Irene flooded the Esopus Creek, which usually runs below the bridge, to well over the top of its pavement.