As the opening of the new Indian River bridge draws near, the Delaware Department of Transportation is inviting ideas for a time capsule display.
DelDOT is partnering with the Division of Cultural Affairs to create two displays that tell the story of the Indian River Inlet, including the archaeology, environmental impacts, history of bridges in this area, as well as attributes of the new bridge. One display at the I-95 visitor center near Newark will include actual construction materials. Another display at the Smyrna rest area has five informational panels detailing the history, environment, archaeology and new features of the bridge. The display will move to the Cape May Lewes Ferry Terminal in May, then to DelDOT’s Georgetown facility next October. If you have an idea for a time capsule display, you may submit it in writing while visiting the IRIB Historical Display at the Smyrna Rest Area. Suggestions will be accepted until January 15, 2012. If unable to visit one of the displays, DelDOT encourages you to visit its project website, www.irib.deldot.gov, under “Education”, and click on “Historical Display” to view a web version. A ribbon-cutting is expected in January, while a dedication ceremony for the new bridge will likely be held in the spring.