It is the end of an era in the Bronx.
The Department of Transportation held a final ceremonial walk over the City Island Bridge. After 114 years in service, the bridge that connected City Island to the rest of the Bronx is now officially closed to traffic.
Officials say the bridge served the city well, but needs to be replaced because of its age.
"It's a day that we're saying goodbye to an old friend, and just like what happens so often to the elderly, they just cast you aside," said Assemblyman Michael Benedetto of the Bronx. "We're making way for a brand new bridge that's going to serve our community for another hundred-plus years."
"It's a nice bridge, and I don't think it can really be replaced," said one resident.
The design for the new bridge will be 17 feet wider than the current bridge. It will hold three standard traffic lanes, bicycle lanes and a pedestrian walkway space. Officials say it is expected to be finished by 2017.