I-25 Cimarron Bridge dedicated to WWII vet

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — After years of construction, the $113 million I-25 and Cimarron interchange project is nearly complete, but not without one special touch.

The bridge is now bearing a new name that honors a local hero.

The attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 left nearly 2,500 service members dead. At 104 years old, Lt. James Downing is the oldest Pearl Harbor survivor still alive.

“I have had a very adventurous life,” Downing said.

Downing said this dedication is bigger than just himself.

“This is an honor is to be shared with all our veterans,” he said. “I am just representing them.”

The bridge renaming was made possible through the sponsorships of Rep. Dan Nordberg, Rep. Tony Exum, Sen. Bob Gardner, Sen. Michael Merrifield, and the Colorado Department of Transportation. The sign designating the bridge was donated by Road Side (materials) and Work Zone Traffic Control (labor). Kraemer North America provided the forklift to place the sign.

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