After being shut down by the state several years ago, Homer’s historical Pine Street Bridge is now re-open to both pedestrian and vehicular traffic.
The bridge was first constructed in 1878 and has been renovated several times in its history.
Before the most recent work, the last repairs were made in 1988.
Closed off to vehicular traffic for about five years, the bridge has also been closed to pedestrian access since February, when the final leg of renovations began.
Homer Town Supervisor Fred Forbes:
“Residents and those who appreciate the rich history in our area will appreciate the work that was completed. It allows us a much easier lane for traffic and preserves that history very effectively.”
Repairs to the bridge have increased its load-bearing from three tons to five.
Forbes says work on the Wall Street Bridge, which has also been closed for about the same amount of time, may not begin for a matter of years depending on the availability of funding.