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Edmond's pedestrian bridge plan remains up in the air

Edmond's pedestrian bridge plan remains up in the air Budget some say public safety center is needed more

Published: June 3, 2009

EDMOND — A plan to build a pedestrian bridge to link the north and south sides of downtown continues to divide Edmond residents.

Former Mayor Dan O’Neil made the almost $1.1 million pedestrian bridge over Edmond Road west of Broadway a priority during his two-year term that ended in May.

New Mayor Patrice Douglas and Councilman David Miller said spending money on the pedestrian bridge and 165 parking spaces on the south side of Edmond Road might have to wait.

They believe a new public safety center should be a priority.

Members of the Central Edmond Urban Development Board have encouraged city leaders to move forward on building the bridge and parking spaces as part of downtown redevelopment.

Downtown merchants continue to rally for the project to advance because of the added parking, something they say is much-needed.

Some think the bridge will be a landmark for Edmond.

In the meantime, city officials are waiting to see if Edmond receives a state transportation enhancement grant. They expect to learn the results of the grant application this fall.

City Engineer Steve Manek said it could take as long as nine months to cast the prefabricated pieces needed to build the bridge.

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