Measure naming Derry Veterans Memorial Bridge becomes law

HARRISBURG, June 17 – Derry's new bridge, that's currently being built, has officially been named the Derry Veterans Memorial Bridge, thanks to a law just signed by Gov. Tom Wolf.

State Rep. Joseph Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana, introduced the measure earlier this year, which was then amended into the omnibus bill the governor signed today.

"Naming the bridge in honor of the community's hometown heroes is a way for the borough and state to recognize the men and women, past, present and future, for their service to our country," Petrarca said. I am happy to have spearheaded this measure through the legislative process on their behalf."

The act designates the bridge that carries state Route 217 over the Norfolk Southern Railroad tracks and Second Street in Derry Borough.

Petrarca said the bridge naming request was made by Derry Borough Council, Chestnut Ridge Post 444 VFW and the Derry Area Revitalization Corp. who wished to honor the area's veterans for their service to the United States and fellow man.

Construction of the bridge is expected to be completed this fall. The $9.9 million project includes the bridge replacement, as well as the reconstruction of the approaching road and the various signals, lighting, guide rails and pavement markings needed.