June 19, 2002

I-40 Bridge Photo-op Thursday, June 20

The I-40 bridge construction site will be open to the media tomorrow, June 20, for the opportunity to view, take pictures or footage of Gilbert Central Construction building the new I-40 bridge. This photo op will take place on the east side of the river. We will meet on the eastbound lanes at 12:40. We will group there first and shortly before 1 p.m., you will follow us in your own vehicles as close as possible to the work area. We will not be able to drive into the work area so please be prepared to walk about 1/4 mile. (Please use your smaller vehicles, the area cannot accommodate satellite trucks!)

This is not a press conference, rather a photo-op, however engineers will be on site to answer any questions. Because of the amount of equipment and supplies on the west side of the river, it is not possible for us to get close enough to the work site for photos. The area on the east side will give you a better view of the work area and will also provide a different angle than what has previously been shown.

What: I-40 Bridge photo-op
When: meet at 12:40 p.m. Thursday, June 20 and photo on bridge from 1 to 1:30 p.m.
Where: at the gate on the eastbound lanes of I-40, on the east side of the river

Directions: Take the US-64 detour route east to Gore. At Gore, go north on SH-100 and then South on SH-10 rejoining I-40 at exit 291 on the east side of the river. Go through the gates and enter I-40 on the eastbound lanes (these lanes are closed to traffic), and make a u-turn so that you are driving west on the eastbound lanes. We will meet you at the second set of gates and lead you closer to the river. Because of the construction we will not be able to drive to the end of the bridge, so be prepared to walk about 1/4 mile.