City officials, other local dignitaries and the public are expected to converge on St. Charles North High School this morning for the official opening of the Red Gate Bridge, culminating a project that first was envisioned as long as a century ago.
This morning’s ribbon-cutting is for the opening of the bridge’s two vehicle lanes — work on the pedestrian and bicycle pathway won’t be completed until the spring.
A release the city issued Friday states that the morning will begin with remarks at 10 a.m. at St. Charles North High School Commons Area, 225 Red Gate Road. The ribbon-cutting will follow at about 11 a.m. at the Red Gate Bridge (Route 31 at Red Gate Road)
The city’s release states that remarks will be delivered by:
State Rep. Harry “Randy” Ramey of the 55th District.
John Fortmann, the acting deputy director of highways and Region One engineer for the Illinois Department of Transportation.
State Sen.-elect Karen McConnaughay, 33rd District.
John Hoscheit, president of the Kane County Forest Preserve District.
St. Charles Mayor Donald P. DeWitte.
Other dignitaries expected to attend, the release states, include:
State Sen. John Millner, 28th District.
State Rep. Timothy Schmitz, 49th District.
State Rep. Mike Fortner, 95th District.
State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia, 83rd District.
Chris Lauzen, Kane County Board Chairman.
Members of the St. Charles City Council.
Members of the Kane County Board.
Mayors and village presidents of surrounding municipalities.
Shuttles will be available to take attendees from the school to the ribbon-cutting site on the bridge.
For more information, log on to the Red Gate Bridge website at www.redgatebridge.org.
- Dec. 6, 2012: Dec. 15 Ribbon-Cutting Set for Red Gate Bridge
- Nov. 28, 2012: St. Charles, District 303 Brace for Red Gate Opening
- Oct. 3, 2012 Blog: Red Gate Bridge on schedule for December 15th opening
- Aug. 28, 2012:St. Charles’ Red Gate Bridge Project Advancing