The pedestrian bridge linking the Pinnacle Bank Arena with the festival/parking lot north of the Arena is now expected to open to the public November 1. Construction on the $7.9 million bridge was delayed when a bridge girder slipped April 19. Investigators say the girder failure was generally due to a problem with the concrete blocks between the girders, known as diaphragms.
"With a plan for completion in place, I have total confidence in the safety and quality of this pedestrian bridge," said Mayor Beutler. "I also want to assure the public that the West Haymarket Joint Public Agency (JPA) has no expectations of paying for any of the repair costs. It is unfortunate that problems like this happen from time to time, but when they do, it is even more important to pull together as a team to find a path forward. I want to thank all those who worked to get this project back on track, and I look forward to putting this important bridge into service."
The Mayor also thanked StarTran which is providing free shuttle service from the festival lot to the Arena for events until the bridge opens.
The bridge is about 611 feet long and connects the festival lot to the north entrance of the Arena. Since the girder slipped, the bridge has undergone a series of very complex and lengthy design and materials testing and analysis. Thornton Tomasetti, the JPA's consulting engineers, has served as the third-party investigator. Repairs have been made, and the tension on the bridge has been successfully set.