Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo recently signed legislation to designate the state Route 76 bridge crossing Interstate 86 in Sherman as the Alfred F. Jones Memorial Bridge.
"Alfred Jones was a true New Yorker, leaving his home to fight against oppression during World War II, and then returning to our state to build up communities in Western New York," Cuomo said. "The new Alfred F. Jones Memorial Bridge will help keep his memory alive and encourage all of us to follow his example to serve our nation and make an impact in our communities. He is a hometown and national hero who should not be forgotten, and I commend the bill sponsors for taking the lead in renaming this bridge to commemorate Mr. Jones' service."
Alfred F. Jones served in the military as a World War II tank commander in the 751st Tank Battalion. After serving his country, Jones returned to Mayville, where he devoted most of his adult life to the promotion and development of Western New York.
"As a World War II U.S. Army tank commander, Alfred F. Jones was a great representative of his generation,'' said state Sen. Catharine Young, R-Olean. "He successfully fought to help save the world from oppression, and returned home to contribute to his community. Mr. Jones was a tireless advocate for completing Route 17, later Interstate 86, as a Chautauqua County legislator. His service to his country and community is recognized by naming a bridge crossing Route 76 on that highway in his honor."
His crowning achievement was the completion of I-86. Starting in 1990, then-Chautauqua County Legislator Alfred F. Jones and his colleagues began an advocacy campaign for the completion of what they referred to as the "missing link," a 20-mile stretch of I-86 that remained a two-lane highway.
"Alfred F. Jones accomplished a great deal for Chautauqua County, as a county legislator, dedicated volunteer and tireless public servant. He devoted most of his adult life to the promotion and development of Western New York," said state Assemblyman Andrew Goodell, R-Chautauqua County. "His efforts on our behalf are best illustrated through his successful campaign for the designation of the Southern Tier Expressway as Interstate 86. Sen. Young and I were glad to sponsor this tribute and are especially thrilled to see it come to fruition."