Okla. bridge named after late county commissioner
Payne County officials have dedicated a 76-year-old bridge to a man who fought efforts to replace it.

The Bill Deering Memorial Bridge was dedicated Friday in honor of Deering, who served as county commissioner for 15 years before his death in September.

According to the Stillwater NewsPress, the bridge was built in 1936 and spanned Stillwater Creek on Oklahoma Highway 51. When the Oklahoma Department of Transportation decided to replace the bridge in 2007, Deering sought to keep the county landmark intact.

Rocky Blasier served as road foreman for Deering and filled in for him on the commission while he battled cancer. Blasier says Deering fought hard to save the bridge because it is a part of history.

Voters will pick a new county commissioner during Tuesday's election.(STILLWATER, Okla. (WTW) )

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