City contractors lifted a 250-foot-long pedestrian bridge into place Monday over the railroad tracks between the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum and America the Beautiful Park downtown.
The $20 million bridge is an extension of the architectural themes of the museum and expected to become an iconic structure in its own right that will attract visitors, Mayor John Suthers said Monday.
“I am unabashedly calling it the bridge to the future,” he said.
The structure is the latest step in the revitalization of southwest downtown, a vision that’s been decades in the making and is now coming to fruition with improvements along Vermijo Avenue, the museum’s opening and the construction of the stadium southwest of Cimarron and Sahwatch streets.
Putting the bridge in place was a slow and steady process that required large self-propelled modular transporters, vehicles that provide stable platforms on numerous wheels to lift the bridge into place,