New pedestrian bridge lifted into place

N.C. Highway 147

March 18, 2010 5:29:04 PM PDT
A massive crane lifted the new R. Kelly Bryant Pedestrian Bridge over N.C. Highway 147 at Alston Avenue Thursday morning.

Workers had to shut down the highway just south of downtown Durham for hours overnight while they got the job done. It is the first of three planned closures that will take place in the coming weeks as the contractor works to finish the bridge installation. The other two closure dates have yet to be announced. Traffic will be re-routed using Briggs and Alston avenues.

The new $2.2-million bridge replaces a rusting pedestrian bridge built in 1972 that was closed more than ten years ago. It links residential and commercial areas divided by Hwy. 147.

The new bridge features an open design and lighting. The city also plans to connect it to bike trails.

The bridge is named for in honor of R. Kelly Bryant, a long-time member of the Open Space and Trails Commission He pushed for the bridge replacement for years.

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