New bridge over Wal­lkill River opens today

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - Free­man staff

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.

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