Saturday, December 08, 2001

Girl Scouts get bridge to pin their name on

By Cindy Schroeder
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        After months of debate, it's official. The new “Shortway” bridge connecting Newport and Covington over the Licking River will henceforth be known as the Licking Valley Girl Scout Bridge.

A worker applies masonry paint to the concrete side of the new bridge between Newport and Covington in September.
(Patrick Reddy photo)
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        The secretary of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet issued an order Friday naming the span in honor of the area Girl Scout council. Supporters of the name included the Campbell and Kenton County fiscal courts and city leaders in Covington and Newport.

        Now the question becomes: What will people actually call the bridge?

        The Girl Scouts had argued that there's already a bridge named for the Covington native who founded the Boy Scouts of America.

        “But people don't call it the Daniel Carter Beard Bridge,” Covington Mayor Butch Callery said of the bright yellow arches linking Newport and Cincinnati. “They call it the Big Mac Bridge.”

        Likewise for the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge that connects Covington and downtown Cincinnati, he said. “They call it the "Blue Bridge' or the "Suspension Bridge'.”

        As for the new bridge?

        “If they call it the Girl Scout Bridge, that name might stick,” Mr. Callery said.

        Ruth Bauman, a 56-year member and volunteer with the Licking Valley Girl Scout Council, hopes so. She started the campaign to name the bridge for the Girl Scouts last summer, after the Northern Kentucky council marked its 50th anniversary.

        “I'm thrilled to death,” the 80-year-old Bellevue woman said.


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