New bridge over Wallkill River opens today
The short span carries state Route 299 across the water at the west end of the village.
NEW PALTZ >> The new bridge carrying state Route 299 over the Wallkill River will open to traffic today, according to Ulster County Executive Michael Hein.
The short span, like the one it’s replacing, will be called the Carmine Liberta Memorial Bridge.
Hein, other local officials and business owners will participate in a ceremonial opening of the bridge, which is at the western end of the village of New Paltz, at 9 this morning.
The aging former bridge was taken down in late August. A temporary span has been carrying vehicles across the river during the $2.5 million replacement project.
Drivers heading west out of the village of New Paltz need to cross the Wallkill River to get to such points of interest as the Ulster County Fairgrounds and the county pool.
Liberta, who died in 2007, was a New Paltz resident and Korean War veteran who was involved in local veterans’ activities. He also was a former chairman of the town Republican Committee.
The New Carmine Liberta Memorial Bridge in New Paltz is shown on Monday. The temporary span the drivers have been using during the construction project is at right.