New Forest Park Parkway Pedestrian Bridge to Be Built

By on May 29, 2018

From Washington University’s The Source In an effort to better accommodate pedestrians and cyclists, Washington University in St. Louis will replace the Forest Park Parkway bridge with a new bridge that is wider, safer and easier to access.

Demolition work on the current bridge, which is part of the Centennial Greenway, will begin Monday, May 21. The new bridge is scheduled to open in October. During construction, pedestrians will be directed to cross Forest Park Parkway at Skinker or Big Bend boulevards, and cyclists should take University Drive west to Big Bend Boulevard and then travel south to Forsyth Boulevard.

“This bridge is both an important gateway to the Washington University campus and an integral part of the Centennial Greenway,” said James Kolker, associate vice chancellor and university architect. “We have heard from many pedestrians, including those with strollers, that the current narrow configuration of the bridge can be challenging to share with cyclists who may be traveling at high speeds. The new bridge will serve all users, meet accessibility standards and be a beautiful addition to the campus’ northern gateway.”

The new bridge will be twice as wide as the current bridge and will feature separate paths for pedestrians and cyclists. Northbound cyclists will exit the bridge via a switchback ramp designed to slow their descent. To access Throop Drive, cyclists can use bicycle troughs along the stairs north of Bryan Hall. Alternatively, they may continue straight to campus via the recently completed Millstone Plaza. Those with accessibility needs or strollers will find access to campus easier and safer to negotiate.

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