Ron Venderly Bridge


IPFW Dedicates New Pedestrian Bridge - The Ron Venderly Family Bridge Officially Opens

(Fort Wayne, August 18, 2009) -- Walkers, joggers, and bicyclists now have a new way to cross the St. Joseph River at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW). The Ron Venderly Family Bridge is officially open following today’s (Aug. 18, 2009) dedication ceremony. The $4.2 million dollar project was built with a combination of state and federal funds along with a $1 million donation by Ron Venderly and the Ron Venderly Family Foundation.

IPFW Chancellor Michael Wartell, along with several state and local officials, spoke about the connections the new pedestrian bridge offers. "This bridge provides a vital link to our west campus, for our student athletes to get to Hefner Soccer Fields, for our hospitality students to get to their classroom in the Holiday Inn at IPFW and the Coliseum, and for our faculty, staff, and visitors to go to lunch at the Holiday Inn’s fine restaurant. It’s also a link that will be used by many more people than those affiliated with IPFW, because it’s also a part of the wonderful River Greenway system," said Wartell. Other speakers included State Senator and Senate President Pro Tem David Long of Fort Wayne; State Senator and new Chairman of the Education Committee, Dennis Kruse of Auburn; Allen County Commissioner Bill Brown; Vince Robinson of Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry’s office; Kurt Heridenreich, the bridge designer; and Mr. Venderly.

Following the speeches, members of the Venderly Family removed the cover over the dedication plaque as the audience gathered at the end of the span. Chancellor Wartell then invited the Venderlys and the audience to join in the first official walk across the bridge. Half-way across the group was met by a parade of students, athletes, bicyclists, staff from the Holiday Inn, and some off-road vehicles from IPFW’s Physical Plant representing the various people who will benefit by using the bridge.


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