On a foggy Dec. 5th morning, nearly 50,000 excited citizens took advantage of an historical opportunity to walk the Abraham Lincoln Bridge before it opened to vehicular traffic. The centerpiece of the Downtown Crossing portion of the $2.3 billion Ohio River Bridges Project opened a month ahead of schedule.
"As the fog this morning is lifting, it's lifting on a day that many doubted would ever come, but today we open a new magnificent bridge" said Gov. Beshear. The Governor also said the bridge marks the first new crossing in the area of the Falls of the Ohio in 52 years. The federal government invested about $1 billion dollars to construct the bridge, according to Victor Mendez, the U.S. Deputy Secretary of Transportation, who was present for the ceremony.
The Abraham Lincoln Bridge opened to automobile traffic on Monday December 7th for northbound traffic. Later in the month, it will carry southbound traffic when the Kennedy Bridge closes for construction.
Photo Credit: Luke Seward