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What's That?: Jewell Pedestrian Bridge moves forward after 2-year delay

Posted at 10:28 AM, Oct 25, 2019

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DENVER – The City of Denver will begin the design process for the long-awaited Jewell Pedestrian Bridge near Santa Fe Drive and Jewell Avenue in West Denver this November.

In 2017, voters approved a multi-million dollar bond that would help fund the project.

But two years later, plans for the bridge still weren't moving forward.

“This is a huge engineering feat to get something over that,” said Denver City Council Jolon Clark.

Clark told Denver7 the pedestrian bridge must go over Santa Fe Drive, the light rail and the railroad.

"They have to do a lot of engineering and planning on how we get the bridge over that, working with the railroads is never easy because they have right of way rights that trump everything and we have to figure out a way to land it on both sides,” said Clark.

He said prior to securing the funding, the project did not have an engineering plan in place.

Once they start the design process in November, pedestrians and bike riders won’t be able to put it to use until 2025.

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