Bridge memorial sculpture nearing start dateWritten by Michael Stainbrook | | firstname.lastname@example.org
More than four years after a final design was chosen, construction of the sculpture honoring those who built the Veterans’ Glass City Skyway is on track to begin this fall.
“The project has been a long time coming, but it’s really on schedule,” said Dan Hernandez, public art coordinator for the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo (ACGT).
Hernandez said the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) contracted to build the bridge and then to revitalize the area affected by the construction process.
That revitalization to build the memorial did not begin until after the bridge was completed. Veterans’ Glass City Skyway opened to the public in June 2007.
The memorial design was announced in a May 19, 2006, news release. The sculpture will stand 40 feet tall and will be located in nearby Ravine Park, which is located near the bridge and will be renamed.
Toledo Deputy Mayor of Operations Steve Herwat said the memorial will also serve as the permanent memorial for the five men who died during the bridge’s construction. Four died as a result of the February 2004 crane collapse, and another died when he fell off the bridge surface in April 2007.
“I think it’s extremely important that the workers who died, in fact all workers who contributed toward the Skyway, be commemorated,” Herwat said.
The city of Toledo will pay for the removal of the Ravine Park tennis courts. The park will then be renamed Tribute Park. ODOT and the bridge’s Tribute Committee want to begin constructing the sculpture this fall, Herwat said.