The new South Park Avenue bridge is officially open. First Selectman David Bindelglass cut the ceremonial ribbon along with contractor Nick Mancini of NJR Construction and Ed Nagy, Easton Department of Public Works director. Shortly after, Police Chief Rich Doyle became the first person to cross the bridge. For more information about the bridge project, see our previous article here.
Doyle and Bindelglass both acknowledged how difficult the closure has been on residents nearby. Because of the detour around the bridge, there was increased traffic and concerns about speeding on back roads. They had hoped to have the bridge opened by the end of May, but were slightly behind schedule, opening it instead on the evening of June 23.
Bindelglass and fellow Board of Selectmen members Kristi Sogofsky and Bob Lesser will now turn their attention to the next bridge, a short distance down the road, which also needs to be replaced. Bindelglass hopes to begin to seek bids for that job in the next few weeks.
For a few moments on late Tuesday afternoon, however, everyone was able to focus on this important occasion and express their gratitude that this bridge project is completed and available for public use. “It’s a big day for Easton,” said Bindelglass as he cut the ribbon and opened the bridge for traffic.