Commissioners Join Residents, Local and State Officials to Rename Bridge in Honor of Late Former Hummelstown Mayor Bradley Miller
The bridge connecting Hummelstown and South Hanover Township over Swatara Creek was renamed this week as Bradley E. Miller Memorial Bridge.
About 200 people – residents, local and state officials, including the Dauphin County Board of Commissioners – attended a ceremony May 3 at the bridge to honor the late former Hummelstown mayor and provide the former Duke Street Bridge its new name.
“When was the last time this many local (officials), state officials, and residents got together for an event like this?” Dauphin County Commissioner Mike Pries asked the crowd. “That’s what Bradley Miller meant to every one of us.”
The County Commissioners rode in a vintage blue Mustang, driven by Miller’s son, Matt, when the Mustang’s nose broke through celebratory tape, making the renaming official.
“He loved Hummelstown,” Matt Miller said of his father during the ceremony, his sister, Brooke, and mother, Barbara, by his side. “He lived it, and he breathed it, and he was open for it 24/7.”
Current Hummelstown Mayor David Roeting emceed the ceremony, introducing speakers, including State Rep. Tom Mehaffie and County Commissioners Jeff Haste, Mike Pries and George P. Hartwick III.
Numerous county officials and offices were at the ceremony.
Commissioner Chair Haste presented a proclamation to Barbara Miller after sharing with the crowd how her husband was a great storyteller with a gift for uniting people.
And professionally, Commissioner Haste said, “He used common sense and, at the right time, was extremely bold.”
Commissioner Hartwick, who Brad always referred to endearingly as, “Georgie,” recalled the Miller family’s deep roots in Dauphin County and the significance of the newly named bridge.
“Citizens not born yet, (this) will benefit them for years,” Commissioner Hartwick said.
“I don’t know of anybody who had the heart, passion, time and energy to do whatever it took” to serve residents,” Commissioner Hartwick said of Bradley.
The bridge is a 350-foot-long county-owned span that was replaced four years ago to widen traffic lanes and construct sidewalks.
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