Good news! Huntsville’s suspended pedestrian bridge project is one step closer to becoming a reality.
Last month, the project was awarded a $20 million Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The city applied for the grant in the spring.
Commonly known as the “skybridge,” Huntsville’s suspended pedestrian bridge project is officially named the pedestrian access and redevelopment corridor.
According to reports, the proposed skybridge has been on the city’s “wish list” for several years now. The project hasn’t come to fruition for various reasons, including lack of funding.
Now that the grant was approved, the city has pledged more than $37 million in additional funds to offset the remaining costs of the project.
Other project features
The proposed path of Huntsville’s suspended pedestrian bridge project includes busy sections over both U.S. 231 and U.S. 431.
It will safely connect the downtown, Mill Creek and Lowe Mill communities as well as thousands of residents who need easier access to health care, jobs and other services.
The skybridge also includes improvements along Pinhook Creek that will reduce flooding and enhance the creek’s floodplain.
What’s more, the suspended pedestrian bridge project will open doors for additional city upgrades.
For instance, new retaining walls will be built near the Von Braun Center to help with erosion. Plus, new linear parks, landscaping, paths and walkways will be created too.
Eventually, the skybridge will connect north and south Huntsville, Five Points, John Hunt Park, the research park, downtown recreation opportunities and more. The best part is the safe-zone that will be created for pedestrians and cyclists, for example.