UPDATE: Pink Bridge Paint Job Delayed

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

Update 5/10
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Rain has delayed the plan to paint the 8th Street bridge to its original white color. The concrete was too saturated with water, which would have caused the new paint to bubble.

The paint job is a community service project for medical students at Marshall University. They will do some prep work this week and plan to repaint it now over the Memorial Day weekend.

Update 5/8
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The pink is coming off, as city workers strip the paint off the pink 8th St bridge in Ritter Park. This is in preperation for the repainting this weekend.

ORIGINAL STORY: 5/4
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Huntington’s 8th Street Bridge is getting a fresh coat of paint this weekend.

First and second year medical students at the Marshall University School of Medicine will be returning the Ritter Park bridge to its original color, white.

Back in October 2006, Former Mayor David Felinton allowed a Barboursville man to paint the bridge pink in honor of breast cancer awareness.

A number of people who lived in the area, as well as some members of city council, objected to the pink color change.

The 30 or so med students will be priming the bridge Saturday, and then doing the actual painting on Sunday. The city plans to power wash the bridge before any painting begins.

Mayor Kim Wolfe says the project will serve to both beautify the city, as well as help bring breast cancer awareness to the public.

He says once the bridge is repainted, it will serve as a constant reminder to everyone about breast cancer.

As part of the weekend painting project, the students will be giving out breast cancer pamphlets to those interested.


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