The ribbon will be cut this afternoon for the newly-renovated boat launch by Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Robert Klee. The renovations to the facility in Bridgewater were supposed to have been completed by December 31st, but state officials say the cold weather has prevented paving from being completed.
Erosion prevention, a new parking lot and turn-around area were installed. Officials say the floating dock system will make launches safer and more efficient. New solar powered street lights and a portable toilet platform have been installed.
The boat launch closed on Labor Day for renovations that included a handicapped accessible design.
There will also be a demonstration this afternoon about how to properly clean boats to prevent the spread of zebra mussels. The invasive species was found in Lillinonah in 2010 and this boat launch is the first in the state to receive a decal reminding boaters to Clean-Drain-Dry their vessels.
The ribbon cutting is at 3pm at 199 Main Street in Bridgewater. Final paving is being completed through Friday.