Secretary Salazar to Celebrate Completion and Grand Opening of Tamiami Trail Bridge


Major Milestone in Everglades Restoration; Means Restoration of Natural Water Flows to Everglades National Park


03/18/2013


Contact: Jessica Kershaw (DOI), 202-208-6416


EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK, FL – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will join Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) Jo-Ellen Darcy, Everglades National Park Superintendent Dan Kimball, Chairman of the Board of the South Florida National Parks Trust Neal McAliley, and other local officials to celebrate the completion and the grand opening of a one-mile bridge over the Tamiami Trail. The bridge is the largest construction project in the history of the National Park Service and the last structural component of the Modified Water Deliveries (MWD) project to restore natural water flows to the Everglades.

Following the ceremony, Salazar will hold a brief media availability and will lead ceremony participants in an inaugural crossing of the bridge. This will be the Secretary’s 11th trip to Florida as part of the Administration’s commitment to restoring the Everglades.

WHO

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) Jo-Ellen Darcy Everglades National Park Superintendent Dan Kimball Chairman of the Board of the South Florida National Parks Trust Neal McAliley

WHAT

Tamiami Trail One-Mile Bridge Opening Ceremony

WHEN

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 @ 1:30 p.m. (EDT) Media must arrive no later than 12:30 p.m. (EDT) to gain access to the bridge

WHERE

Tamiami Trail Everglades National Park, Florida Parking: L-30 Levee, South side of the Tamiami Trail / SW 8th Street, approximately one mile west of the Krome Avenue intersection Event: Western Bridge Approach

MEDIA

Credentialed members of the media are invited to cover the ceremony and the crossing of the bridge, but must arrive no later than 12:30 p.m. EDT to gain access to the bridge. Salazar and other dignitaries will be available for questions following the ceremony. Members of the media are encouraged to RSVP to Jessica Kershaw (jessica_kershaw@ios.doi.gov).

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