PAOLI, Ind. (WDRB) -- A historic bridge in southern Indiana severely damaged two years ago on Christmas Day will reopen the first week of January.

Orange County Commissioners had hoped to open the bridge in Paoli by Christmas, but they said that just wasn't possible. Additional safety structures needed to be installed. 

A ceremony is planned at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 3.

Two years ago, Mary Lambright admitted to driving a semi truck over the bridge carrying six times the posted limit.

The crumpled wreckage of the bridge built in the 1800s sat for over a year while insurance and quotes came together. Insurance for the trucking company ended up paying about $700,000 for the repairs. 

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