Officials in the state of Utah are set to unveil a new pedestrian bridge that will connect Utah Valley University (UVU) with the UTA FrontRunner Orem Central Station at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday.
The $30.7 million bridge was built through a partnership with UVU, the Utah DOT (UDOT), the Utah Transit Authority (UTA), Orem City, and the Utah State Legislature. Spanning more than 1,000 ft and 15 ft in width, the new pedestrian bridge is the largest in the state.
The structure was designed to make public transportation easier and more efficient for students who commute from Salt Lake and northern Utah counties, and to alleviate traffic on nearby roads. The bridge will also serve as a pedestrian-friendly connection between UVU’s main and west campus.
The bridge contains 15,000 sq ft of heated concrete to melt snow and ice in the winter, and a full-coverage roof to provide shelter from the elements. The walkway is lined with 125 lights and 18 security cameras, providing students a safe and secure walking environment.
Kraemer North America was the general contractor, while Salt Lake-based WSP was selected as the design and engineering firm, with architectural services provided by Method Studio.
Crews will continue putting the finishing touches on the bridge over the next few weeks, with an expected opening in early February.
SOURCE: Utah DOT / Utah Valley University