Update: The opening will now take place on Thursday at 11 a.m., rather than Wednesday at 11:30 a.m.
NEW CASTLE, N.Y. - Following three-plus years of construction, New Castle is ready to unveil its almost-finished $19 million Route 120 Bridge project. The town has planned a grand opening for the bridge on Thursday, Dec. 22 at 11 a.m.
Assemblyman Robert Castelli (R, C Goldens Bridge) will join New Castle Town Supervisor Barbara Gerard, New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Commissioner Joan McDonald, and other local officials at the ceremony.
Despite the ceremony, there is still work to be done on the bridge, including landscaping that cannot be completed until the spring. The crew will also return in the spring to install new crosswalks on the bridge.
Instead of just having it hashed with paint, theyre putting in Belgian blocks, and very nice attractive crosswalks on both sides of the triangle, said Gerrard at a Millwood Task Force meeting in November.
The construction on the bridge faced several challenges, including what Gerrard called a "misguided lawsuit." Gerard and Castelli, however, are relieved that the headaches are nearly behind them.
This is a great example of bipartisan cooperation and what can be done when members reach across party lines to work together for the common good of the community, Castelli said.
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