Rolla Pedestrian Bridge construction update - News - The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO - Rolla, MO

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The University Drive Pedestrian Bridge over I-44 has been identified as a priority project by the Move Rolla TDD program. The purpose of the new bridge crossing is to provide pedestrians a multi-use path that meets ADA compliance standards, is safe and aesthetically pleasing.

The new 10-foot bicycle/pedestrian overpass will be located east of the I-44/University Drive (Missouri Route E) Interchange Bridge and will connect the sidewalk on University Drive to White Columns Drive north of the interchange connecting university housing.

The Missouri University of Science and Technology has a growing population and many students live north of I-44. A new pedestrian bridge would provide a safer route to school, either by foot or other modes such as bicycle.

The existing bridge over I-44 does not meet current standards for a combined bike and pedestrian bridge.

Benefits of a new crossing include:

• Improved safety for pedestrians.

• Better accessibility with ADA compliant features and wider, multi-use path and bridge.

• Aesthetic enhancements to improve the overall visual look and feel of the corridor.

MoBikeFed comment: Rolla has taken a number of efforts to improve walkability and bicycleability in the city in recent years--particularly since adopting a Complete Streets Policy.

The bike/ped connection across I-44 has long been a concern, with the Missouri University of Science and Technology on the south side of I-44 and an ever-greater amount of student housing on the north side of the freeway.

Congratulations and thanks to the city of Rolla, MoDOT, and the Move Rolla TDD for bringing t his important project to completion.