EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSJoin WCHSTV.com For Live Online Coverage Of Dick Henderson Memorial Bridge Ribbon Cutting
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Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Oct. 29, 2013 5:59 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Eyewitness News was there when the old version was blown up – twice, so of course we are going to be there when the new Dick Henderson Memorial Bridge opens.
Live online coverage of the ribbon cutting for the bridge that connects Nitro and St. Albans will be featured on our website at wchstv.com starting at 11:30 a.m. Friday. Updates also will be provided during our noon newscast on WCHS TV.
Brent Walker, director of the Office of Communications for the West Virginia Department of Transportation, described the ribbon-cutting events for the opening of the $24-million bridge as a “big to-do,” marking the end of a project that area residents have eagerly awaited.
“It’s been closed less than 10 months, which is pretty remarkable,” Walker said.
Activities marking the bridge opening actually kick off Thursday with a walking tour that is open to the public between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Residents can enter from either side of the bridge, walk across and check out the new structure. During the same time period, a trunk or treat will be held for children. Members of the Nitro Antique Auto Club will have their vehicles parked on the bridge with the trunks open and filled with candy.
On Friday for the ribbon-cutting ceremony, a number of officials will be on hand to make remarks. Walker said officials expected to be in attendance include Nitro Mayor Dick Casebolt, St. Albans Mayor Dick Callaway, representatives of Congressman Shelley Moore Capito, U.S. Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.
The ceremony will take place in the middle of the bridge, and residents who want to attend the event may enter from either side.
Officials expect the event to be a festive occasion. Members of the Nitro and St. Albans high school bands will provide music, and the schools’ color guards will be there. Boy Scouts from St. Albans and Nitro also will be participating.
“The theme you’ll hear a lot is reconnecting,” Walker said. “We are celebrating the reconnecting of two communities.”
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