Lawrence "Larry" Curry, who retired in 2012 after 20 years in the Pennsylvania Legislature, remembers his childhood obsession with trains.
It was an obsession nurtured when his family first moved to Jenkintown decades ago and he would visit the Jenkintown train station on Greenwood Avenue.
"I would get down here to see the trains. I loved to see the trains," said the well-respected retired official, who also previously served as a Montgomery County commissioner. "So I have a kind of tie to this place."
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Now, he and the station will be connected for decades to come. State and local officials joined Curry, his wife Shirley and their extensive family for the dedication of the Greenwood Avenue Bridge in Curry's name.
The bridge was built in the last four years to allow car traffic over the busy SEPTA train tracks that feed up to three train lines daily. Its location in Montgomery County is also important: It connects Cheltenham and Jenkintown.
"The bridge has become symbolic of the link between communities, between Jenkintown and Wyncote and Cheltenham, and Abington on the other side," Curry told the crowd gathered next to the tracks on the Cheltenham side.
State Rep. Steve McCarter, who was elected as the 154th Legislative District's representative following Curry's retirement in 2012, introduced a resolution to have the bridge named in his predecessor's honor.
The 154th district is made up of Jenkintown, Springfield and Cheltenham.