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Basket Bridge to be dedicated Friday

The city’s newest bicycle-pedestrian bridge will be dedicated Friday near its Euclid-Park Avenue location.
The bridge, dubbed the Basket Bridge because it was designed to resemble a stylized Tohono O’odham woven basket, completes a nine-mile, unbroken link for cyclists, walkers and joggers from the downtown area to the Pantano area on the far East Side.
The 240-foot-long, 110-ton span complements the city’s Diamondback Bridge that spans Broadway just west of the Barraza-Aviation Parkway.
The 9 a.m. dedication ceremony is timed to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the University Medical Center El Tour de Tucson presented by Diamond Ventures bicycle event around the perimeter of the city.
Scheduled to attend the dedication are Greg LeMond, three-time Tour de France winner; Tatsuo Okada of Tokyo, Japan, founder of the Ecoflag Movement; Andy Clarke, executive director of the League of American Bicyclists; and Richard DeBernardis, president of Perimeter Bicycling Association of America.
City and Pima County officials will conduct the dedication, which will take place at the Park Avenue and 14th Street cul-de-sac east of the bridge. City TICET shuttle buses will transport participants and members of the public to and from the dedication for free from a parking lot at 930 E. Broadway starting at 8 a.m.

Basket Bridge

The Basket Bridge, spanning South Euclid Avenue south of East Broadway, will be constructed over the Labor Day weekend. Decorative metal panels that resemble the pattern of a Tohono O’odham basket will serve as side panels for the span. At 11 p.m. on Friday, August 31, South Euclid Avenue will be closed for the holiday weekend.

Producer: Norma Jean Gargasz and Val Canez

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Workers continue working on the large metal panels of the Basket Bridge being constructed over Euclid Sunday afternoon as the road was still closed to traffic but scheduled to open for Monday.
Source: FRANCISCO MEDINA/Tucson Citizen

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