COLUMBUS – It was a momentous day in Columbus on Thursday morning, as a ribbon cutting ceremony was held to commemorate the completion of the 3rd Avenue viaduct project.
The ceremony was attended by members of the Chamber of Commerce, the City Council, and residents of the Columbus community. Chamber of Commerce President K.C. Belitz and Mayor Jim Bulkley spoke at the ceremony before the ribbon was cut.
During the ceremony, Belitz said that discussions of needing a second viaduct in Columbus can be traced all the way back to the 1930s. This current viaduct project was approved in 2008, and the groundbreaking took place in April 2017.
With the completion of the viaduct, as well as other recent developments throughout the City of Columbus, Belitz says that Columbus is in an unprecedented and exciting period of growth.
“We are cutting a lot of ribbons, and we are breaking a lot of ground these days,” Belitz said. “I think it is really important that we do not take those things for granted. These is momentum in community development, these is momentum in economic development, and we’ve got momentum. If we can keep building on that, we have an extraordinary time that we are in, and today is just one more indication of that.”
Now that the 3rd Avenue viaduct is complete, Mayor Bulkley said that the plan is to begin construction on a viaduct for 12th Avenue as soon as possible.