LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- President Abraham Lincoln is being honored with a memorial spanning across the Ohio River.

Governor Steve Beshear says Lincoln was possibly the most important figure in U.S. history and on Monday, he honored that legacy.

"Perhaps no other American is as revered as our 16th President," said Governor Beshear during a press conference Monday afternoon.

Beshear made an executive order naming the new crossing the Abraham Lincoln Bridge. The former president born in Hodgenville, Kentucky spent time in the Bluegrass and Indiana. Lincoln eventually ended slavery and preserved the union during the Civil War.

“One-hundred-fifty years after Lincoln's death we still marvel at Lincoln's genius and we celebrate his legacy," remarked Beshear.

You've likely seen the construction, pictures, video, and WDRB’s drone footage of the new bridge – and this Saturday (Dec. 5) from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. you can actually walk it.

"You can't appreciate the massiveness of this project until you are standing on that bridge," said Beshear.

The walk will be about a mile and a half and bikes and pets will not be allowed.

“The last time we opened a bridge in the area was more than 50 years ago and we certainly don't open a bridge to the public every day," said Downtown Crossing spokesperson Mindy Peterson.

Several hundred parking spots will be open in Jeffersonville for the event including Water Tower Square, Colston Park, and the McCauley Center. TARC buses and City of Jeffersonville trolleys will make regular trips from Water Tower Square to the bridge entrance, and back to the parking area.

But pack the patience because big events draw big crowds.

"Thunder of Louisville of course, everybody seems to find their way it's not always the easiest, there may be traffic, there may be congestion, and we certainly expect that to be the case on Saturday," said Peterson.

It’ll be a big celebration honoring one of America's most beloved presidents – one who will forever keep an eye on the bridge named in his memory.

"In a sense Lincoln has been watching this bridge rise from the river since construction began, and now the bridge that bears his name will remain forever under his watch," said Beshear.

If you’re going to the event this weekend, or use Exit 0, just know that will be shutting down Wednesday night and not reopening until Monday morning.

Peterson says more construction work will be done during this time and Exit 0 will be the only access for Saturday’s Walk the Bridge event.

If you’re driving I-65 N, you’ll have to go up to Exit 1 instead.

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