Second Annual "Lighting the Heart of Springfield" Bridge Walk


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Aug. 15, 2003

 

Second Annual "Lighting the Heart of Springfield" Bridge Walk

Springfield families, local businesses, and all those who have ever wondered what it would be like to walk across the Amherst Avenue Bridge on a late summer night are invited to participate in the second annual "Lighting the Heart of Springfield" Bridge Walk, sponsored by the Lee District, on Tuesday, Aug. 26 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Participants will gather in the parking lot adjacent to Kinko's, 6998 Bland Street on the north side of the bridge, starting at 7 p.m. At 7:30 p.m., participants will march across the bridge, led by a color guard from the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. The bridge will be closed to traffic during this time. The walk will end in the parking lot of the American Legion where participants will enjoy music by the Kings Park Band and enjoy light refreshments provided by Paradise Ice Cream Company and Baja Fresh.

Among last year's participants were Springfield residents, the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce, American Legion Post 176, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Fort Belvoir, VDOT, Transportation Alliance of Greater Springfield, the Central Springfield Area Revitalization Council, the Franconia Police Bike Team, Dominion Virginia Power and the Springfield Cultural Center.

The Amherst Avenue Bridge, also known as Veterans Bridge, crosses Old Keene Mill Road and links both sides of Springfield's commercial revitalization area. Several years before construction of Phase II of the Springfield Interchange project began, there was much concern on the part of the local business and residential communities that the project would shut down Springfield for business and affect property values. The bridge became a focal point of this concern. VDOT was responsive to community concerns and worked with the Lee District Supervisor, the Federal Highway Administration and representatives from the business, residential, and revitalization communities to redesign the bridge.

The Amherst Avenue Bridge is a gateway to central Springfield. With its new acorn lights, wide sidewalks, pedestrian stairway and attractive facade, it dovetails nicely with the community's vision for a revitalized Springfield and is an attractive gateway to the central business district.

For more information, call Linda Waller in the Lee District Supervisor's Office at 703-971-6262, TTY 711.


 

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