New Lane Avenue Bridge Grand Opening
November 14, 2003
Photographs of the events
and dignitaries that made it what it was
What one saw at the west end of the New Lane Ave Span
that day. The red & white striped tent ahead covered food
and beverages for all the attendees. The white tent on the far
right (and mostly cut off) was the "media tent". It
was cold and windy that day, so keeping weather sensitive stuff
covered was important
(and for the record, I had
to mesh two photos together to produce the one you see above
A scarry sight. A six-foot tall orange cone, with arms, legs,
and eyes too! I think it's one of ODOT's creations, but frankly
I'm not certain.
I know this much. It had nothing to do with Ohio State (their
mascot, Brutus, was there, but I didn't photograph it)
Podium admirers (or visualize the perfect speech)
Along with Brutus (who I never photographed), Ohio
State did bring their pep band....
(though it looks
like the cameralady on the far right prefers the U of M fight
...and their cheerleaders
see later, Athletic Director Andy Guiger and OSU President Mary
Holbrook were in attendance as well.)
On with the show!
A color guard for the National Anthem
I don't know why those on the left podium stayed seated while
the rest of us were standing)
The Franklin County Engineer, Dean Riggle, held court
as master of ceremonies for the bridge opening
Gov. Bob Taft refuses to listen to the jeering crowd)
Governor Bob Taft addresses the crowd.
is former State Rep. Ann Davidson on the left, and County Engineer
Dean Riggle on the right.
OSU President Mary Holbrook also takes time to thank
everyone for coming out and opening the bridge.
her is (from left to right) Taft, Davidson, and Riggle
Everyone ready to cut the ribbon...
Westbound Lane Ave is open (thanks to Taft, Davidson,
Andy Guiger, and others)!
(Or, how do you operate
these scissors? See right center group)
Reporter: So Governer what do you think about....
Governor Taft: [looking swarmmy] Whatever your
question is my answer is, No Comment.
The Lane Ave bridge was opened for pedestrian traffic
after this ceremony was finished. It was opened for vehiclar traffic
November 17, 2003.
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