Twin Bridges to be Transformed into TV’s Olsen Twins

By Fenwick Jolsen

Published January 12th, 2015

HALFMOON — Quick! Someone call Uncle Jesse!

In honor of the forthcoming 30th birthday of television’s Olsen Twins, the state Department of Transportation has announced plans to “dress-up” the Capital Region’s Twin Bridges as Mary-Kate and Ashley.

Though the renowned entertainment and fashion magnates won’t turn 30 until June 13, 2016, DOT officials said it was necessary to unveil plans now because the project — estimated to carry a price tag of $16 million— is so ambitious.

“It’ll be labor intensive, no doubt about it. Work will need to start soon,” said DOT Project Manager Kip Dornhoffer. “These girls have contributed so much to American culture, it is only right that the Capital Region — the very place television got its start — does something to mark this very important occasion.”

Working in conjunction with DOT is Troy artist Burt Wilkerson, who has been commissioned to make giant paper mache heads of the twins.

“Though Popsicle sticks are my usual medium, I’m looking forward to the challenge paper mache presents,” Wilkerson said.

A ceremony is also planned at the Twin Bridges the day of the sisters’ birthday. Besides Mary-Kate and Ashley, officials also have invited hunky actor John Stamos who played the girl’s Uncle Jesse Katsopolis on the long-running sitcom “Full House.”  Expected to be on hand, too, is Mary-Kate’s boyfriend, Olivier Sarkozy, the half brother of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy.

State economic development officials said they are hoping to capitalize on Olivier’s presence here to build inroads for New York’s dairy products into the French cheese market.

Dornhoffer said as of now, the northbound span of the bridge is expected to don Ashley’s likeness and the southbound, Mary-Kate’s. But, he added, those plans have not been finalized.

“Everything is tentative. Who knows? By the time all is said and done, we might have Mary-Kate facing north.”


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