It's goodbye green and hello red in the Village of Saugerties as the Route 9W bridge undergoes cosmetic changes that are creating quite a buzz within the Ulster County community. YNN's Alexandra Weishaupt has more on the much needed makeover.
SAUGERTIES, N.Y. -- “Everyone voted on what color they wanted it painted here in the village and it created a little bit of controversy and excitement and it appears that red won out,” said Diamond Mills Hotel owner Tom Struzzieri.
More than 2,000 residents took part in choosing the happening hue, with red taking the prize by about 30 votes.
“Especially in the fall, you have the foliage and the mountains and the colors and a lot of the brick buildings, I think the red blends in really well,” said Village of Saugerties Mayor William Murphy.
The heavily traveled historic bridge serves as a main thoroughfare into the village and a focal point for many homes and businesses, like Diamond Mills. Owner Tom Struzzieri saying he’s in favor of the color, in hopes it draws in more folks to sneak a peek.
“A lot of people come from out of town and spend time in our hotel and we have a lot of destination weddings that happen here, so for people to come to town and see the bridge painted up, I think is a good sign,” said Struzzieri.
While some were hoping for a different shade, others are just pleased with the progress.
“I think it looks great,” said Saugerties resident Cathy Wing. “Nice and bright, but it's not too bright. It fits right in with the area.”
A highly anticipated overhaul designed to do just that.
The bridge was silver until the late 80s when it was then painted green. The village mayor says he expects the transformation to red to be completed by mid-October.