Grand Junction Considers 3.5 Million Dollar Pedestrian Bridge Project
The development of the Riverfront at Dos Rios has the City of Grand Junction bubbling over with ideas as we head into 2020. One of them is a giant pedestrian bridge that would stretch from near Union Station, at the intersection of Pitkin and 2nd Street, to a landing on Riverside Parkway. The total cost would be about 3.5 million dollars.
The bridge would make it pretty easy to enjoy downtown Grand Junction's shops and the Museum of the West, and then allow visitors to just keep going down Pitkin or Ute Avenue to the pedestrian bridge to cross over to the Riverfront at Dos Rios.
Those concerned about the project say the bridge could eat up the parking spaces currently available in that area which may stop new businesses from viewing that location as a leasing option. KKCO's Jason Burger spoke with a property owner who said that the city intended to take a portion of his property for the pedestrian bridge through eminent domain. That property owner, Dustin Anzures, said he had begun informing tenants of the possibility of losing some land to the city.
Public Works says they are working with everyone in the area to make sure the bridge would be beneficial to the city without obstructing any views. The city of Grand Junction will now wait for the first quarter of the new year when they find out if CDOT will be able to move forward with over $2 million in grant money to help pay for the project.
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