Canadian County District 1 Commissioner Phil Carson led a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new bridge on Sara Rd NE south of Azalea NE/248th/Waterloo Rd Friday, April 16, 2010. Funded with federal stimulus dollars, the bridge was completed in late March. The Association of Central Oklahoma Governments awarded the stimulus funds to District 1, which had two “shovel-ready” plans in place: engineered bridge plans and acquired right-of-ways made the project ready to start as soon as funds became available.The bridge that was replaced was built in 1916 and would only accommodate one lane of traffic. Steep hills on both ends of the old bridge made it even more hazardous. In an area with steadily increasing population, Carson believes this was the most dangerous bridge in his district.