City Looks to Construct Pedestrian Bridge

Bridge to go over the Mississippi River

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It’s been a project nearly 6-years in the making: to build a pedestrian bridge across the Mississippi River in Grand Rapids.

City Councilor gave the project the green light at last week’s city council meeting.

The bridge is part of the city’s Riverfront Framework Plan.

It would connect major bike trails and make it more accessible and safe for people to access the YMCA.

“When we talk to developers they really see it as an enhancement to anything that they would plan for those areas, typically calling for mixed use development with retail and maybe residential above,” said Grand Rapids City Administrator Tom Pagel.

The $1.5Million dollar project is expected to be finished in the fall of 2017.

City funds, federal grants and possible state bonding money will pay for the bridge. 

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