OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — A rusting a faded bridge that connects Owensboro, Ky., to southern Indiana will be getting a badly needed paint job next year.
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear made the announcement Wednesday in Owensboro with the Glover H. Cary Bridge, known simply as the "blue bridge" behind him.
The Messenger-Inquirer (http://bit.ly/TCEz4h ) reports the project, which was originally set to occur in about four years, was fast-tracked thanks to efforts by State Rep. Tommy Thompson, a Philpot Democrat, and State Sen. Joe Bowen, an Owensboro Republican.
Beshear said their joint efforts led to the General Assembly approving funding earlier this year. In addition, he said Indiana has agreed to its share of the cost.
Transportation officials say they expect a contract to be awarded in February.
"Owensboro and Daviess County make up one of Kentucky's most progressive and forward-looking communities, and the Owensboro riverfront is one of its jewels," Beshear said while standing on the patio of the RiverPark Center. "Tremendous effort has gone into the redevelopment of the riverfront, with the goal of making it nothing short of world class. We are going to complement that effort by ensuring that the Blue Bridge is made to look its best."
Thompson called the faded blue bridge with visible rust a blemish on the city's revitalized downtown, and he called the announcement an early Christmas present.
"It is our front door, and it's not a becoming front door," Thompson said. "It's a great day for the community. ... Governor, your support of this community is not unappreciated. We're going to have a great new shiny bow on this package."
Information from: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, http://www.messenger-inquirer.com