IPFW and Ivy Tech Community College Northeast will hold a groundbreaking ceremony Friday for a pedestrian bridge connecting the two campuses across Coliseum Boulevard in Fort Wayne. IPFW says the $4.5 million project is expected to be complete by June 2018.

The project is a collaboration between the two institutions as well as the Indiana Department of Transportation. IPFW says the bridge has been eight years in the making.

The ceremony will take place at 1:30 p.m. Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry, IPFW Chancellor Vicky Carwein and Ivy Tech Northeast Chancellor Jerrilee Mosier will speak at the event.