Congresswoman Nancy Boyda was on hand to celebrate the opening of the Topeka Blvd. Bridge. As a frequent driver in Topeka I personally am grateful! But more, I think I can speak for the general traffic in Topeka that its a great blessing.
According to the CapJournal
"The opening came 70 years after Topekans first came by the thousands to celebrate the opening of the Topeka Avenue Bridge — but with temperatures reaching 100 degrees Sunday, the crowd at the ribbon-cutting ceremony numbered in the hundreds, not thousands. The $51.1 million bridge opened to traffic at 10 p.m. Sunday."The picture above features "Adam Pfeifer, 18, of Topeka High School" who according to the caption "spontaneously includes Rep. Nancy Boyda, D-Kan., in the performance Sunday during the bridge's opening"
Amusingly enough former Rep. Jim Ryun is not pictured according to that same caption.
Noteworthy of course is Ryun's eagerness to attend the opening and continue to take credit for his "work" in this project.
According to the August 17, 2004 piece by the CapJournal:
"Ryun voted against a bill in December 2003 that added $8.5 million in funding for the bridge and nearly $24 million for the 2nd District as a whole."
Wowzers! Thanks Jim! Great leadership there...