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Walk on by: New pedestrian bridge over Buffalo Bayou nears completion

Walk on by: New pedestrian bridge over Buffalo Bayou nears completion

Installation of Final Bridge Span for Pedestrian Bridge at Jackson Hill Street Houston June 2013
An aerial view as the final span of  the Jackson Hill Street Pedestrian Bridge is installed. Photo courtesy of Buffalo Bayou Partnership.
Installation of Final Bridge Span for Pedestrian Bridge at Jackson Hill Street Houston June 2013
A crane puts the final span of the bridge in place. Photo by Tim Peterson/SWA Group
Installation of Final Bridge Span for Pedestrian Bridge at Jackson Hill Street Houston June 2013
Another view of the final span of the bridge being installed. Photo courtesy of Buffalo Bayou Partnership.
Installation of Final Bridge Span for Pedestrian Bridge at Jackson Hill Street Houston June 2013
Installation of Final Bridge Span for Pedestrian Bridge at Jackson Hill Street Houston June 2013
Installation of Final Bridge Span for Pedestrian Bridge at Jackson Hill Street Houston June 2013

For years, it's been virtually impossible to cross over Buffalo Bayou without dodging cars as they whiz by within a few inches. But that's changing. As part of a series of improvements along the bayou between Shepherd Street and downtown Houston, a new pedestrian bridge is nearing completion.

Millis Development & Construction workers used a huge crane to install the final span for the Jackson Hill Street Pedestrian Bridge on Thursday. The 345-foot bayou-spanning bridge connects trails on the north bank to the Allen Parkway side. It will also connect via a small plaza to the east and a footpath connector to the west will also be added.

In a press release, the Buffalo Bayou Partnership noted that the new bridge will be similar to the pedestrian bridge near the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, which provides a safe and convenient route for cyclists and pedestrians to cross over Buffalo Bayou.

The new bridge is expected to open later this summer.
 
The bridge is one of three planned or completed as part of the $58 million Buffalo Bayou — Shepherd to Sabine project. A pedestrian bridge at Shepherd Drive and Allen Parkway is open and a bridge next to the Houston Police Officers' Memorial at 1400 Memorial Drive is planned.

This week, Houston City Council also approved a plan to provide 150 miles of a connecting hike and bike trail system along Houston bayous.

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