NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The public is invited to celebrate the completion of the Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge on I-95 southbound in New Haven on Saturday. The Bridge, which is also known as the Q-Bridge, is closed to traffic but will be open to the public. There will be food trucks and music. The festivities will kick off with a ceremony. Governor Dannel Malloy will be there.
“We’re really here to dedicate the bridge as the Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge,” said Assistant District Engineer John Dunham. “We have veterans coming, a couple of Pearl Harbor survivors.”
The bridge is expected to open about eight months ahead of schedule. It’s also the first of its kind built in the United States. People will be able to walk the 1.5 mile span of the bridge at the celebration and take in the views of the shoreline and New Haven.
“People in the community get the opportunity to walk on the Q-Bridge, that’s something they don’t get to do and they’re not going to get to do after traffic is open,” said Project Engineer John Antonucci. “So this is a once in a lifetime opportunity for some of the people out there.”
The bridge won’t be the only area off limits to cars tomorrow. Exit 2 off I-91 northbound will also be closed. People will walk up the ramp to get up to the bridge. There are designated parking areas nearby.
“There will be signs leading them up to the bridge,” said Dunham. “We’ll have volunteers along the way to help guide them.”
People will be able to drive across the bridge soon. It’ll be opening up to traffic next weekend, depending on the weather. The bridge is ready for the public to come out and see it, however. That’s what those who have worked on it for years are hoping for.
“To be able to come out and see a bridge that’s this beautiful and that’s taken this long to build, and everyone’s really been patient about it, come on up and just enjoy the view,” said Dunham.
The celebration goes from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.