JERSEY CITY – Just in time for the upcoming holiday weekend, the city will inaugurate the new Jersey Avenue footbridge that links downtown to Liberty State Park. An official ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at the footbridge at 11 a.m.
The bridge is located on Jersey Avenue and Mill Creek about two blocks past Jersey City Medical Center.
An older bridge that had linked the two sites for years was destroyed last October during Hurricane Sandy. Since then, several community groups whose members had used the bridge for running, biking, and jogging, have pressured the city to replace it before summer.
The construction and installation cost of the new bridge was about $800,000. The city has applied to the Federal Emergency Management Agency to be reimbursed for the full cost of the new bridge.
“We know how important this piece of infrastructure is to our residents, and that is why we worked with our Office of Emergency Management officials and our engineering staff to find a way to expedite the replacement of the Jersey Avenue footbridge,” said Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy. “I am pleased that we have been able to complete this project on schedule and open the bridge for the Memorial Day weekend.”
According to a press release issued by the city, the new bridge will be officially named the Ethel Pesin Liberty Bridge, in honor of the late Ethel Pesin, who was a founding trustee of the Friends of Liberty State Park. Ethel Pesin and her husband Morris Pesin were the driving forces behind the creation of Liberty State Park.
A separate ceremony will be held in the coming weeks to dedicate and name the bridge, according to the release.