Watch highlights of the ribbon cutting ceremony, the first people to make the journey across, and beautiful aerial views of the Lewis and Clark Bridge.
Indiana Governor-elect Eric Holcomb cut the ribbon at the opening of the Lewis and Clark Bridge. Due to a lack of public parking and limited accessibility to the area, we held a private ribbon-cutting ceremony for 400 invited guests followed by a public caravan of 500 registered vehicles.
The public portion of the event was so popular, 500 spots for the public caravan were filled in less than three minutes. The 500 cars created a three-mile caravan which took an hour to cross the bridge. Motorists interested in being among the first to drive across the bridge registered online. Participants in the caravan received an antique silver commemorative medallion with an etching of the bridge.
Several volunteer groups helped make the opening of the Lewis and Clark Bridge a success. The 100th Army Band from Fort Knox, Ky., provided music at the bridge venue for the ribbon-cutting ceremony as guests and officials arrived on buses provided by the local transit authority (TARC).
In sync with the ribbon-cutting ceremony, there were four hot air balloons that took off over the bridge, 100 bicyclists demonstrating the shared use path and a drone documenting the celebration.