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The City of Fort Wayne continues to receive more awards. Recently, the Fort Wayne Veterans Memorial Bridge earned the 2024 Building Contractors Association of Northeast Indiana (BCA) Excellence in Construction Award in the “Specialty” category, and the Pontiac Street Market won the BCA Excellence in Construction Award in the $1 Million to $5 Million category.

Renovating the signature gateway Fort Wayne Veterans Memorial Bridge included:
-Three lanes for motorists while also providing additional pedestrian width to enhance the connectivity of downtown to The Old Fort and the adjacent neighborhoods

-Railing to separate vehicular traffic from pedestrian traffic

-Several bump-out areas for pedestrians above the pier locations to create focal points

-A pedestrian plaza area at the southwest corner of the bridge

-Curved columns featured at the bump-out areas to accommodate accent lighting elements and lighting for illumination of the roadway as well as the pedestrian walkways.

-The Beacon, a sculpture by local artist Cary Shafer designed to represent the six main branches of the military, is the base for the American flag.

Through the Pontiac Street Market, we’re providing healthy, affordable food options in an area that has been defined as being a food desert. The grocery is operated by Parkview's food service provider, Sodexo. The full-service market carries over 9,000 items ranging from fresh produce, baked goods, canned items, fresh meats, home needs, hygiene and baby products, pet supplies and a sandwich counter.

These major initiatives were completed in 2023 and are already having a significant impact on our community. Being recognized with awards for these projects sends a strong message that we're moving forward together in a manner that helps Fort Wayne grow and succeed with meaningful projects and ideas.