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How would you explain the two “iterations of “ in the context?

The water was all a bright purple and orange where it reflected the ruddy clouds in the fading light, and I looked over the railing down onto the old stone piers of earlier iterations of the bridge where earlier iterations of aimless walkers must have seen some kind of sight like this and stopped and stood for a while and looked out over the water taking a deep breath and maybe seeing a small wavy outline of themselves reflected down below, with all that space around, thinking there was just so much damn space to be in that it hurt.

How would you explain “earlier iterations of the bridge” and “earlier iterations of walkers” in the context?
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    The bridge has been rebuilt several times and the old stone piers are the piers from one of the former bridges. Likewise, earlier ieratiosn of aimless walkers" are the people who crossed the bridge in the past.

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