Three weeks after it was taken down for cleaning and repairs, Longview's famous Nutty Narrows squirrel bridge will be re-installed with great fanfare Monday.
The Sandbaggers plan to conduct a "stirring" public ceremony at the 3 p.m. installation over Olympia Way at the Monticello historic marker triangle.
The Mark Morris High School cheerleaders will perform and Longview Mayor Kurt Anagnostou (a past Sandbagger president) will give "an historic and inspiring speech," according to the Sandbaggers' press release. A marching band may perform.
Following the ceremony, the public is invited join the Sandbaggers at the Monticello Hotel for a piece of Squirrel Bridge cake or a "Nutty Narrows Nudge" cocktail at the hotel bar's happy hour.
"We are proud of the city of Longview for getting the world-famous Amos J. Peters Sandbagger Nutty Narrows Squirrel Bridge back up in record time," said Sandbagger Dave Spurgeon.
The 60-foot suspension bridge is a local landmark built in 1963 by contractor Amos Peters, who was dismayed by the number of squirrels being killed by automobiles as they attempted to cross busy streets.