Downtown Fort Wayne Bridge to receive new name, renovations

City of Fort Wayne officials announcing a project will begin shortly to repair the Samuel Bigger Memorial Bridge, while renaming it the Fort Wayne Veterans Memorial Bridge.

Posted: Oct 30, 2019 9:43 PM
Updated: Oct 31, 2019 10:36 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Fort Wayne officials announced Wednsday new pans for upgrades to the bridge alon Spy Run Avenue, and renaming it the Fort Wayne Veterans Memorial Bridge.

The project is ancitipated to start in Spring 2022 and officials say it will cost the city an estimated $6 million.

The improvements will include enhancing pedestrian lanes, improve lighting in the area, and create an esthetically pleasing bridge, which officials say will mimc the construction done to the MLK bridge in 2012.

"We started working on the MLK bridge, and it was very difficult for people to visualize what it would look like," says public works director Shan Gunawardena. "Since it's been open, we've gotten good feedback."

State legislation is still needed for the name approval before work is done, but Indiana state senators, including Justin Busch, are behind the project and the work the city is doing to honor veterans.

"It looks like apiece of art," says Busch. "We can all envision it to make the area we live in fun, walkable, drivable and something to see as you're on your way in."

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