Poll: How should New Paltz’s next bridge look?

In New Paltz, plans for the Carmine Liberta Bridge replacement are underway. County officials and local committee members are meeting to hash out what the new bridge will look like before construction begins in 2016.

On their plate right now are a number of design decisions. Two big decisions are the bridge’s look and whether or not it will be painted. We’d like to give our readers an opportunity to let Ulster County officials know what they want.

Question 1: The Look


Cambridge flat. (Photo courtesy of Ulster County)

Cambridge arch. (Photo courtesy of Ulster County)

Cambridge arch. (Photo courtesy of Ulster County)

Who are your picks for New Paltz Village Board? (Select two)


  • KT Tobin (38%, 88 Votes)
  • Rebecca R. Rotzler (29%, 67 Votes)
  • William Murray (17%, 40 Votes)
  • Galo Vasquez (7%, 17 Votes)
  • Celeste Tesoriero (7%, 17 Votes)

Total Voters: 134

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Question 2: Finish & Texture

For the purposes of the second poll, keep in mind that the sea-foam green color is merely a placeholder. Potentially, a bridge could be painted any color allowed under federal bridge color standards — which includes hundreds of options.

Cost would be a downside to painting the bridge, though. Both weathered and galvanized steel would be cheaper to maintain.

Weathered steel.

Weathered steel.


Painted steel.

Galvanized steel.

Galvanized steel.

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There are 7 comments

  1. Jack Murphy

    The Cambridge arch has a nice style that is simple and efficient. The galvanized finish would be a unique touch, set it apart from all the other bridges in the area.

  2. Harry C Tabak

    I think the current bridge should be repaired an painted. No need to waste valuable resources. Bridges around the country have lasted a century and more and in time will be part of the antiquity that is New Paltz.

  3. Tammy

    If we allow a color option, we can end up with a ridiculous bridge. Let’s make sure we are all involved in the final decision.

  4. Phil Subey

    What I like about the new options (I opted for the arch), more appealing, is that it opens up the view more, while still being visually pleasant. Weathered seems to make sense economically, and doesn’t seem to look bad, but we really won’t know until it happens, right? Can it still be painted down the road if necessary?

    Thanks for allowing input….


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