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Ribbon-Cutting for St. Charles’ Red Gate Bridge Is Saturday

Here’s a roundup of what to expect an who will be speaking as city opens its new bridge.

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.

Related:

  • Dec. 6, 2012: Dec. 15 Ribbon-Cutting Set for Red Gate Bridge
  • Nov. 28, 2012:
  • Oct. 3, 2012 Blog: Red Gate Bridge on schedule for December 15th opening
  • Aug. 28, 2012:St. Charles’ Red Gate Bridge Project Advancing

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Nolan Day December 15, 2012 at 05:46 PM
How many years left to pay off the bridge to nowhere? I have heard twenty. With approx 300 homes closer to this bridge than to Stearns Road bridge or Main St it works out to about $100,000. per household. Not a wise expenditure St Charles city council and soon to be former Mayor DeWitte. But hey! The mayor will get from his west side home to his east side business five minutes faster during rush half hour.
Ted Schnell (Editor) December 15, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Personal attacks are a violation of the Patch terms of service. http://stcharles-il.patch.com/terms
John December 15, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Nolans comment doesn't seem to be a personal attack just a personal feeling on the cost to the people of the city and use of his contitutional right to self expression thru peaceful non violent speaking.
Ted Schnell (Editor) December 15, 2012 at 09:36 PM
The last sentence seemed personal to me. That said, I credit Nolan for using his complete name. Some of the more egregious attacks come from those using obvious pseudonyms or otherwise try to maintain anonymity, and therefore, shield themselves from being held accountable for their comments.
Nolan Day December 15, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Facts are facts Ted. The primary fact that approx $30 million was spent on a project that will benefit so few, is the main fact you should probably be upset about. I did not pay a dime as I live in the township, but my daughter and her family who live on the south side of St Charles will benefit very little as will 90% of St C tax payers from this waste.
Mayor D December 15, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Nolan-Perhaps we can use the Arcada marquee to let people know Red Gate Bridge is now open. Then maybe more people will use it instead of driving the 6.9 miles up to Stearns Road to get over the river.....
Eric Houkal December 15, 2012 at 10:38 PM
yeah, they'll drive the 4.9 miles to this fiasco. And then the 4.9 miles back to 64 because it's the only wat east. Eric Houkal (my real, full name)
Lois Lane December 15, 2012 at 11:49 PM
I have expressed my feelings against this bridge over and over, but it's all too late for complaints now. The bridge is here and open, time will tell if it was a folly or not. We did drive over it today and it is heartbreaking to see what was such a beautiful wooded area cut down and destroyed. Can I get to my friend's house faster, you betcha, but I'd rather be driving under what was an arbor of trees over Rt. 25, beautiful in the fall but now gone. What a loss.
Nolan Day December 15, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Mayor D, You are a funny guy. Perhaps the numerous closed businesses on Main St are not laughing at the idea of less traffic funneled past their businesses. The idea I proposed to use the Arcada marquee to announce the opening of the Stearns Rd Bridge before spending millions in dire economic times still has merit. G I wish there were more stay at home parents who could study what local government is doing, but it does take two working parents to be able to afford taxes these days, especially with such civic waste. Excellent point Eric.
Len Robertson December 16, 2012 at 12:47 AM
The bleak steady Seattle style rain summed up the attitude of the neighborhood toward the ribbon cutting of the Red Gate bridge. They had better things to do.
Lois Lane December 16, 2012 at 12:55 AM
The rain was appropriate Len, good point.
Luke Dettlo December 16, 2012 at 02:19 AM
Did anyone take into consideration the driveways by the Red Gate bridge? The turn lane is right off my driveway! it is hard enough getting out of these driveways because of how steep they are, we have had a family member seriously injured by an accident coming out on to Route 25. No one approached us or talked to us about putting signs out there, safety nothing. My landscaping is ruined up at the road now and this side did ont get curbs, they stopped at my neighbors house. Enjoy your bridge St. Charles, hope the next bridge is planned in your backyard.
Nolan Day December 16, 2012 at 06:07 AM
Luke, When I asked one of the hired traffic eng/consultants at the propaganda mtg at North High approx 6 years ago about limiting left hand turns during rush half hour in downtown St C on route 31 at route 64 so the two other bridges in St C would be fully utilized he told me "Well that would take more traffic through residential areas". I asked if that was a bad thing. He replied yes. Then he walked away when I asked if was a good thing for more traffic to go through the northern neighborhoods near Red Gate Rd. The decision makers in St C did not care about neighboring communities, downtown St C businesses who need traffic or using tax monies wisely in this multi-million dollar matter. A lot of the slowing could have been reduced by a few thousand dollars worth of signage, waiting for improvements on route 64 vs $30 million on a bridge to nowhere. Red Gate should have never been a Wayne or township vs St Charles issue. It should have been an all St C citizens mandating wise use of their hard earned money matter. Also not one of 3 PTO officers returned my call in regards to the safety around North High. But as Lois points out-the damage is done. That brings me to the question of the city council's next likely boondoggle-Giving a 5 $miliion dollar TiF gift to a contractor for the proposed Lexington Homes project so the contractor basically gets bailed out of a project they made an error in judgement on in regards to the environmental clean up costs and declining home values.

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