JUNE 14, 2013 – The long-awaited groundbreaking on the new Ohio River Downtown Crossing is next week, with a community celebration to mark the milestone. A family-friendly event is planned for Tuesday, June 18 at Waterfront Park.
Children will be part of history by breaking ground on a large sand pile near the construction site. The 500 commemorative shovels read “I broke ground with Governor Beshear!” and are marked with the special date. Buried in the sand will be 500 keepsake tokens, with the logo of the Ohio River Bridges Project on one side and the seal of the Commonwealth on the other. Three lucky kids will find a specially marked token and receive a remote control crane.
Governor Steve Beshear and Mayor Greg Fischer will lead the celebration and will be joined by Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez and U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth. The event begins at 5 p.m. in the Lincoln Memorial Lot. Gov. Beshear will signal the start of construction at 5:30 p.m. with the raising of the American, Kentucky and Indiana flags. The Belle of Louisville will sound her whistle and play her calliope.
Kids can have their picture taken with a Crawler crane and its 220-foot boom. Music will be provided by 97.5 WAMZ, with Coyote Calhoun broadcasting live from the event and Blue Bell will be handing out free ice cream. Louisville Water Company will have its Louisville pure tap® to GO station on-site, providing cool water to those at the event.
Media Note: These are the commemorative shovels and keepsake tokens that will be part of the groundbreaking: