Updated 01/11/2013 02:40 PM
High Bridge Restoration Effort To Revive Landmark Span
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A historic bridge linking Manhattan and the Bronx will soon undergo a multi-million dollar restoration.
City officials broke ground Friday on a $61 million project to fix up High Bridge.
The landmarked structure has been closed for decades and is the city's oldest standing bridge.
It connects the Highbridge section of the Bronx and Washington Heights in upper Manhattan.
Officials say it will be reopened for pedestrians and bike riders, and residents will have access to the Harlem waterfront.
"Generations of children who grew up here in the Bronx Highbridge neighborhood have been cut off from Manhattan's Highbridge Park," Bloomberg said.
"There are people who live in this community who have relatives in Washington Heights and vice versa. It's almost like the same community divided by water. Now it won't be divided by water anymore," said Rep. Jose Serrano of the Bronx.
Officials say the project should be complete by next year.