No need to replace bridge

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Council sets Diamond Drive arrangements

By Mandy Marksteiner

At Councilor Michael Wheeler’s request, Public Works Director Kyle Zimmerman researched several design concepts for the pedestrian bridges on Diamond Drive. He presented his findings to the council and asked for approval to submit a pedestrian replacement project with the next set of Phase 1 Capital Improvement Projects.

Zimmerman’s examples included designs that complied with the American Disability Act requirements and ranged in price from $2.5-3 million, depending on whether they used a ramp or an elevator and the complexity of the design.  

In his traffic study, Zimmerman explained that the existing galvanized steel overpasses located by the Dwayne Smith Auditorium and Griffith Gym are frequently used by the high school sports teams and marching bands. They were originally built in the 50s and were rehabilitated in 1990.  

To meet the ADA requirements, the ramp must have a slope of 20 feet horizontal to 1 foot vertical, which would create a ramp length of 400 feet.

“Those ramps seem like a long way, even in a wheelchair,” Councilor Nona Bowman said.

Because of the high cost, Councilor Robert Gibson moved to cease further consideration of a replacement overpass, and the motion was passed 6-0.

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