Making a connection.
The previous pedestrian overpass that crossed Bow Trail between 33 and 37 Street SW was built in 1970 when accessibility standards were much lower than they are today. The bridge, which was approaching 50 years old, was deteriorating significantly and had numerous structural flaws. It was determined that the most cost-effective way to address the structure’s condition and accessibility was to replace it with a new overpass.
The new pedestrian overpass creates several advantages for the Westbrook community, including a more accessible structure with a wider bridge deck and less steep ramps. The improved lighting and redirection of pedestrians crossing Bow Trail improves safety. The addition of over 40 new trees to the design of the bridge makes it a desirable connection for pedestrians to access destinations on either side of Bow Trail.