About 100 city and county officials, local dignitaries, contractors and community members gathered Tuesday for a dedication and ribbon cutting for the new Ellis Street and Avenue 16 overpass.
The initial specific plan line originated back in 1994 and now after 18 years the vision is a reality.
Keith Helmuth of the City of Madera made it a point to thank everyone involved for making the project happen. Helmuth also talked about incorporating street lighting across the bridge, bicycle lanes as part of the vision 2025 plan to increase mobility through the city and traffic signals that can detect bicycles and turn green no matter which lane the bicycle might be in.
Les Jorgensen of the City of Madera who has managed the project for the last 18 years talked about the history of bridge...