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Chad Ryan | The Journal Gazette
Mayor Tom Henry speaks at a ceremony held Friday where an award was presented to him from DLZ Indiana, which designed the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Bridge.

Mayor receives honor from MLK bridge design firm

Mayor Tom Henry was presented with an award Friday for the design of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Bridge, given to him by the firm that designed it.

DLZ Indiana has won numerous awards for the iconic structure that forms the gateway into downtown Fort Wayne along Clinton Street. Friday morning, DLZ shared some of the glory with the officials that hired them for the job.

The bridge has won awards from the American Council of Engineering Companies, the Indiana Partnership for Transportation Quality and the American Society of Landscape Architects.

DLZ officials presented Henry with a display showing the certificate for the latter award and a striking photo of the bridge taken the night it was dedicated.

This weekend, the light display on the bridge will feature red, white and blue patterns to celebrate the 50th anniversary of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. The bridge has more than 1,200 light fixtures.