During the first week of October, the New York State Department of Transportation (NYS DOT) and Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi’s office held a presentation for the restored “Veteran’s Memorial Bridge” plaque that the DOT brought to Hubbell Galvanizing to restore using galvanizing and powder coating.
John DelMonte, a Hubbell Galvanizing employee, explains that, “the plaque was commissioned in 1981, after an act of Congress gave the authorization to name the bridge in honor of the local veterans who bravely served our country.”
Unfortunately, in the last few years the plaque came loose and was struck by a passing highway snowplow. Since this happened, the local DOT representatives, in conjunction with Assemblyman Brindisi’s office, began a campaign to restore the plaque and ended up calling Hubbell Galvanizing and DelMonte to aid in the restoration process.
Once the plaque was finished, instead of putting the plaque directly back on the bridge where it originally was, the DOT decided that this time, the plaque should stand in its own frame a few feet away from the bridge on the northern side on Burrstone Road in Utica, New York.
So next time you are driving by, be on the lookout for the newly restored Veteran’s Memorial plaque.
(Above) The old Veteran's Memorial plaque before it was restored
(Above) The newly restored Veteran's Memorial plaque
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Photo Credit: John DelMonte