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Mayor was vital to bridge replacement

Far too often it seems politicians are quick to take credit for accomplishments they had little to do with. But sometimes our elected leaders don’t get the recognition they deserve.

Until recently, that may have been the case with Ironton Mayor Rich Blankenship and his role in ensuring that a new Ironton-Russell Bridge was built.

Thursday was a historic day for Ironton, as we said it would be, when ground was officially broken on construction of the new span that links our community with Russell, Ky.

One of the most important points that arose from the presentation came from Ohio Department of Transportation Director Jerry Wray when he said the project would not be where it is today without Blankenship.

The mayor deserves to be recognized for his commitment, hard work and powers of persuasion that helped keep this crucial project on track.

Some may argue that fighting for the bridge is part of his job but it is clear that he went above and beyond the call of duty. Plus, results are more powerful than just effort.

In the end, Blankenship got the outcome that truly counts.

Ironton, Russell and the entire Tri-State will benefit from this.

A few years from now, when a ceremonial ribbon is cut on the new bridge, we will truly be able to celebrate a vital link from the city’s past to its future.

And Blankenship should be recognized for his role in all that.