NEW MILFORD — It took over a year for contractors to replace the bridge over a small Housatonic River tributary stream on Riverview Road in the Gaylordsville section of New Milford.

For a year, residents drove a circuitous route up South Kent Road and down over Brown’s Forge Road to get to their homes on the other side of the stream. Then at the end of November of last year, the bridge work was completed.

In celebration of their gleaming new bridge, residents on the road placed flower pots on each of the four bollard posts. Flowers remain there today, replaced when one is taken, watered by Anna Menard who lives at the southern end of the bridge.

“We don’t know who put the two original flower pots out,” Mendard said last week. “We added two more and someone replaced one that was taken. I think its a great mystery.”

A mystery that speaks volumes about the sense of small town community in this village on the northern edge of the town of New Milford.