Liberty Street Bridge is open

Gwen Chamberlain
New York State DOT Regional Director Brian Kelly, Miss Penn Yan Abby Eaves and Penn Yan Mayor Robert Church cut the ribbon opening the Liberty Street Bridge at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

With just the right amount of ceremony and flourish — nothing to really hold up traffic — the Liberty Street Bridge opened to motor vehicles and pedestrians at 8:30 a.m. today.

A handful of spectators watched as Mayor Robert Church, Miss Penn Yan 2012 Abby Eaves and State Department of Transportation Director Brian Kelly cut a ribbon and waved two Penn Yan Fire Trucks and Penn Yan Police Chief Mark Hulse across the bridge.

The opening came two days before the official deadline for Ramsey Constructors to have the bridge replacement functional, but construction workers will be on the site for a while still, finishing up the final details around the bridge.

The opening also comes just in time for the busy summer visitor season - with Memorial Day Weekend, Keuka College year-end activities, Keuka Arts Festival, Cruisin' Night the Haiti Benefit Auction and other major events coming in the next four weeks.

Penn Yan Fire Trucks were the first vehicles to cross the bridge from the south.