Wednesday, October 1, 2003

Don't like yellow? Maybe it will fade

Bright bridge is here to stay

By James Pilcher
The Cincinnati Enquirer

[IMAGE] The bright yellow along the bottom of the Daniel Carter Beard Bridge, as seen through the L&N Bridge, is here to stay.
(Leigh Patton photo)
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Better get used to that bright yellow stripe on the bottom of the Big Mac Bridge. Kentucky highway officials now say the same color will soon cover the entire structure.

After saying last week that the color was a temporary primer, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials Tuesday corrected themselves.

They say the canary yellow color, which contrasts with the purple on the old L&N Bridge nearby that is used for pedestrians walking to and from Newport, will be permanent.

"The contractors were a lot further along than we thought, and yes, that yellow will be the permanent color," cabinet spokeswoman Nancy Wood said. "We apologize for the miscommunication ... but what else should the Big Mac Bridge be painted?"

Kentucky officials are in the midst of a $3.7 million repainting project on the bridge, formally known as the Daniel Carter Beard Bridge, which carries Interstate 471 between downtown Cincinnati and Newport.

Wood said the color would come close to matching the original hue of the bridge, which got its nickname because of its similarity to McDonald's golden arches. She said the original paint had faded to its current golden hue.


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