The new Veteran’s Memorial Bridge that connects south Omaha and Council Bluffs is open. Governors Chet Culver from Iowa and Dave Heineman from Nebraska attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony this morning. Governor Culver says this new span will benefit both states.

Culver says, “It is not only a memorial to those that have worn the uniform but truly an investment in the future of Iowa and Nebraska.” Culver stated the bridge is a huge connector between the two states for economic purposes.

Culver says, “This bridge will encourage commerce between Council Bluffs and Omaha and help strengthen this region’s economy.” Governor Heineman says today is an appropriate day to celebrate the opening of this new bridge. Heineman says, “The reopening of the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge is an exciting way to start Memorial Day weekend.” He stated this new, wider bridge is a huge improvement from the old span that was built in the 1930s.

Heineman says, “Replacing the original two-lane bridge with a four-lane bridge is an important and significant improvement.” The 90-million dollar bridge also has a ten-foot walking and biking path. Trees and shrubs will also be planted across the five-mile stretch.

By Karla James