State Senate Approves Randolph Bridge Renaming
RANDOLPH — A bridge over Interstate 86 in Randolph may soon be renamed the Sgt. David Lockwood Memorial Bridge.
The state Senate last week passed S.1752, introduced by state Sen. George Borrello. The Assembly has yet to take up companion legislation.
“I’d like to start off by thanking the leadership, both Republican and Democrat, for bringing this bill forward,” Borrello said on the Senate floor. “I think we can all agree that taking landmarks like highways and dedicating them to our heroes that have served our country so bravely is a noble effort and I thank everyone for bringing this bill here today.”
Lockwood was a decorated war hero and veteran of the Vietnam Conflict. He was a recipient of the Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Service Medal with Oak Leaf Clusters, Silver Star with two Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Expert Rifle (M-14) Badge.
Lockwood graduated from Randolph Central School and attended Jamestown Community College before being drafted into the U.S. Army.
“My father is also a Vietnam veteran,” Borrello said, “so I’m aware of the unimaginable hardships that were faced by our servicemen in that war. Sgt. Lockwood, like countless other young Americans, was dedicated to the mission and to serving his nation.”
Lockwood returned to Chautauqua County after his service and eventually graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He passed away in 2018, leaving behind his wife, Patricia, two daughters and four grandchildren. The Randolph Town Board approved a resolution in 2020 asking to have the bridge named after Lockwood.
The bridge crosses over Schoolhouse Road in Randolph.
“Today’s particularly interesting because the bridge on this road that will be part of the naming of this route, was actually a project that Sgt. Lockwood worked on as an engineer,” Borrello said. “He actually had a hand in building the bridge that will now bear his name.”