LOUISVILLE, Ky. (June 6, 2013) – Children and families will join Governor Steve Beshear and Mayor Greg Fischer at a community groundbreaking for the new Ohio River Downtown Crossing. A family-friendly event is planned for June 18 at Waterfront Park for this once-in-a-lifetime moment that has been decades in the making.
“It’s been 50 years since we built a bridge across the Ohio River at Louisville and it seems like we’ve been talking about building these two bridges ever since then,” said Gov. Beshear. “After decades of support and patience, the community should be part of this historic moment.”
The event will begin at 5 p.m. in the Lincoln Memorial Lot at Waterfront Park. Children will be part of history by breaking ground on a large sand pile near the construction site. There will be 500 commemorative sand shovels for kids. They’ll use the shovels to dig for one of 500 keepsake tokens, marked with the special date and the seal of the Commonwealth. Three specially marked tokens can be turned in for a unique memento of the day.
Governor Beshear will signal the start of construction at 5:30 p.m. with the raising of the American, Kentucky and Indiana flags on a large crane that will help build the Downtown Crossing. Kids can have their picture taken with the Crawler crane and its 220-foot boom.
The Belle of Louisville, which will celebrate her 100th birthday next year, will be on the Ohio River for the memorable moment and will play her calliope and sound her whistle. 97.5 WAMZ’s Coyote Calhoun will be broadcasting live from the event and those who attend will enjoy free ice cream from Blue Bell.
Media Note: For video purposes, the 2250 Manitowoc Crawler crane is already in place in the safety zone near the Kennedy Bridge.