Saturday, September 27, 2003

Brand new on the menu: freshly painted Big Mac


But span's bright yellow primer won't last forever

By James Pilcher
The Cincinnati Enquirer

[IMAGE] The Daniel Carter Beard Bridge is getting a coat of bright yellow primer.
(Leigh Patton photo)
| ZOOM |
No, the bright yellow paint that is making the Big Mac bridge live up to its namesake is not going to be a permanent feature of the downtown view.

But the bridge may not be putting on its regular colors for the upcoming Tall Stacks festival, either.

This week, workers painting the Daniel Carter Beard Bridge, commonly called the Big Mac after the distinctive golden arches of McDonald's that it resembles, put down a coat of an eye-popping, canary-colored primer. A $3.7 million repainting project began last month and is expected to continue through next October.

Sam Beverage, the chief engineer of the region's office of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, said the final colors will be the same as those now on the bridge - gold for the actual bridge and gray for the rest of the approaches.

But he acknowledged that the bridge may have some different colors during the festival, scheduled for Oct. 15-19 along the Ohio side of the river. Beverage did say that the rigging, including the drapes that help protect vehicles on the bridge from painting, will be removed for the festival.

If you are traveling in the area this weekend to go to today's 1:15 p.m. Cincinnati Reds game or to Newport on the Levee, watch for lane closures in both directions of the bridge from today to 9 p.m. Sunday.

E-mail jpilcher@enquirer.com




TOP STORIES
Overnight storm causes heavy damage in Warren Co.
Rape victim jailed; accused freed
Injured athlete voted homecoming king
Strikers ready for long haul
2 families get $3.1M for claims

IN THE TRISTATE
Brand new on the menu: freshly painted Big Mac
Catholic schools scramble to reverse slide
'Survivor' sags in Cincinnati
Let's all talk about education
Catholic teachers mostly disagree with Ky. firing
School to open new building
Tests show bacteria in Loveland school water
27 home sick after ruling on overtime
School reunion unites West Side
Regional Report

ENQUIRER COLUMNISTS
Bronson: Letting the homeless be squatters is inhumane
Howard: Good Things Happening
Faith matters: Families fight death penalty
McNutt: Marker dedication gives Black Brigade limelight

BUTLER, WARREN, CLERMONT
Crunch time near for Apple Festival
Cities to debate mall aid
Fernald projects shut down
Warren college director picks awaited

OBITUARIES
Richard Langenbeck, 80, was retired lawyer
Librarian Althea Lazenby found adventure in India
Kentucky obituaries

OHIO
ACLU sues over executions
Ohio's grid recorded at least 64 glitches
Cemetery offers free burial plot
State fair director resigns under fire
4 teens critical from bad weed
Bush leads all comers in Ohio
Pipeline project fined for violations
Pfeifer wins GOP nod - and nays
Workers hustle, boy gets heart
Ohio Moments

KENTUCKY
Fletcher health-care plan pushes Rx reform
Kentucky News Briefs
Governor debate at NKU
Do you know this donkey? He's lost and needs a home
Bishop backs diocese report
New school lunch program: Staff visits parents' homes
Lexington smoking ban halted
Kentucky To Go