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Utah man’s copper lanterns to adorn Veterans Memorial Bridge in CT

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Posted at 2:58 PM, Mar 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-28 16:58:44-04

SUNSET, Utah -- A Utah man's work will become the finishing touches on the Veterans Memorial Bridge in Putnam, Conn.

The bridge was originally built in 1925 as a memorial to World War I veterans, according to an article by the Norwich Bulletin. The bridge sustained hurricane damage in 1938 and flood damage in 1955, the article said.

The bridge was rebuilt this year and Timothy Nimtz, who owns a copper fabrication business in Sunset, Utah, was awarded the contract to rebuild the bridge's lanterns.

"I'm really proud to be a part of the whole project, and, of course, these lanterns are gonna be the finishing touch," Nimtz said.  "And I hope that these are gonna be on the bridge for another 90 plus years."

Nimtz built four lanterns. Each lantern is 32 inches tall, 85 pounds and valued at over $4,600.