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    This bridge could be an interesting addition with a skyline view behind it… I looks like the city was looking into a pedestrian bridge connecting the Scioto Peninsula with the Arena District for a while now.

    Here is the link to some of the other designs

    http://www.wxystudio.com/columbus_bridge.html

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    scorpcmh said:
    +1 to all columbusmike comments and photos.

    Sorry but I love the truss bridge….part of the fabric of an older city. If everything is shiny and new it makes me think of a lot of Florida or Arizona cities,most of which which really don’t feel urban or real to me.

    +1

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    tlb919 said:
    This bridge could be an interesting addition with a skyline view behind it… I looks like the city was looking into a pedestrian bridge connecting the Scioto Peninsula with the Arena District for a while now.

    Here is the link to some of the other designs

    http://www.wxystudio.com/columbus_bridge.html

    The bridge concept you show is fantastic. I imagine the cost would be reasonable as long as it doesn’t need to accept vehicular traffic. I know some government grant money requires vehicular access in order to get government funding.

    Would be a terrific connection to COSI and the peninsula.

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    tlb919 said:
    This bridge could be an interesting addition with a skyline view behind it… I looks like the city was looking into a pedestrian bridge connecting the Scioto Peninsula with the Arena District for a while now.

    Was part of the Downtown Strategic Plan:

    http://www.columbusunderground.com/forums/topic/downtown-2010-plan-idea-10-pedestrianbike-bridge

    Though the plan for the bridge is currently on hold until the master plan study of the Scioto Peninsula is complete and a use for that land is determined:

    http://www.columbusunderground.com/planning-begins-for-redevelopment-of-scioto-peninsula

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    columbusmike said:
    I imagine the cost would be reasonable as long as it doesn’t need to accept vehicular traffic.

    The Scioto Hilltop Connector Bike Bridge was completed for $81K which I thought was crazy inexpensive:

    http://xingcolumbus.wordpress.com/2008/05/20/bicentennial-bikeways-master-plan-details/

    Though it is a much less complex bridge design-wise than what those proposal renderings show for the Downtown bridge.

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    Walker said:
    The Scioto Hilltop Connector Bike Bridge was completed for $81K which I thought was crazy inexpensive:

    http://xingcolumbus.wordpress.com/2008/05/20/bicentennial-bikeways-master-plan-details/

    Though it is a much less complex bridge design-wise than what those proposal renderings show for the Downtown bridge.

    Multiply that crazy inexpensive bridge cost by 26 and you’ll be a little closer to the actual $2.1 million cost to construct it.

    Here are a couple Dispatch articles that mention the cost:

    http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2011/07/31/bridge-to—where.html

    http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2011/09/02/sr-lead-photo-0902-art-gjodvrhs-1.html

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    Hrm. I thought that sounded low, but wasn’t able to dig up other numbers on a quick search. Thanks for the correction. I wonder if that original dollar amount mentioned in the bikeways plans was only a certain portion of the project?

    Still, $2.1 million doesn’t sound like a huge pricetag for a bridge of that size.

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    Walker said:
    Hrm. I thought that sounded low, but wasn’t able to dig up other numbers on a quick search. Thanks for the correction. I wonder if that original dollar amount mentioned in the bikeways plans was only a certain portion of the project?

    Still, $2.1 million doesn’t sound like a huge pricetag for a bridge of that size.

    From your link:

    1. Hilltop Connector – On-street route to new Scioto River Bridge – $81,100

    Based on the little picture below that portion of the project it seems that the $81,000 expence was for an “On-street route” – otherwise known as a painted crosswalk.

    morpc description of the overall project:

    Draft Bicycle and Pedestrian Projects
    Scioto Trail-Hilltop Connector Bridge
    Sponsoring Agency: Columbus Recreation and Parks Department
    Stimulus Amount: $420,000
    Total Cost: $2,100,000
    Description: This 0.35-mile project builds a bicycle/pedestrian bridge and bikeway connectivity to the Hilltop community of Columbus’ west side. The project starts at McKinley Avenue near the intersection with Harper Road, crosses the Scioto River and a railroad, and connects to the existing Scioto Trail. The project opens access to thousands of west side residents to the regional trail and bikeway network.

    http://www.morpc.org/trans/pi_Pol_MORPCDraftProjectsforARRAFundingHandout20090312.pdf

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    Yeah, even $2.1 million is pretty reasonable considering the engineering/construction effort.

    Hopefully they can create a TIF for the Scioto Peninsula development which will help pay for the construction and maintenance of pedestrian bridges. I think it’s an important link. However, the bridge that is proposed directly east of the Peninsula might be a more important link initially.

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    For only $2.1 million it sounds like a good Kickstarter project!

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    2.1 million to build the pedestrian/ bike bridge?

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    columbusmike said:
    Yeah, even $2.1 million is pretty reasonable considering the engineering/construction effort.

    Considerable engineering/construction effort?

    Is that vs similar bridges that don’t require considerable engineering/construction effort? Maybe a rope footbridge?

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    tlb919 said:

    IMG_5167

    YES! Love that one!

    I agree. Just looking at Google images, Columbus looks super lame. Even though it’s not.

    When I was deciding which city to move into China, google city & skyline pics had a huge effect on my decision. You can grow to love any city, so sometimes it just comes down to how much it impresses you visually. And yes, I only read books with pretty covers too. I’m a horrible person, yadda yadda.

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    MRipley said:
    Considerable engineering/construction effort?

    Is that vs similar bridges that don’t require considerable engineering/construction effort? Maybe a rope footbridge?

    The bridge spans longer than just the Scioto River as it also goes over train tracks. Using Google Earth, I estimate that the “Bridge” part of the reconstruction is about 580 feet. Without the train track which makes the bridge be surprisingly elevated, I would assume that costs would be lower.

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    Asch said:
    I agree. Just looking at Google images, Columbus looks super lame. Even though it’s not.

    Better image search:

    http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=columbus+skyline

    ;)

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