Irene Estes was the first official driver across the Danville viaduct today. The bridge over the railroad closed June 2 for extensive repairs and reopened to traffic today.
Estes was there 54 years ago when the viaduct was first dedicated. It was a warm September day and Estes remembers that she wore a black two-piece dress. Her husband, Ed Estes, was Boyle County resident engineer and had worked on the project since it began in 1947.
"He was particularly proud of the viaduct," she said. "We always called it his viaduct."
Recently Irene Estes was at lunch when she ran into some folks from the Kentucky Department of Transportation that she knew from Ed Estes' days there. She mentioned that she would like to be the first one to drive across.
They took her up on it.
The official dedication won't be until Tuesday, but this weekend the viaduct will be open to traffic.