Staples Pedestrian Bridge Replacement

The Staples Pedestrian Bridge, crossed by people over seven thousand times each week, will be undergoing replacement in 2023.  The current bridge, serving commuters, visitors, and residents along the Crosstown Greenway, is showing signs of decay and has reached the end of its useful life.bridge with rust spanning a canal

The replacement bridge currently being designed will be constructed of aluminum, approximately the same height, and will be installed with consideration for the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Additional improvements include a design to make it easier for inexperienced cyclists.

Safety

The Staples Pedestrian Bridge was evaluated in 2022 and was considered sound for non-motorized vehicle traffic.  Due to the poor condition of the corroded steel elements, the bridge has been recommended for replacement.  Some aspects of the existing bridge have shown to be challenging to novice bicyclists.  The new design should address users' concerns while restricting cut-through motorized traffic.  Design work for the new bridge began in mid-2022.

Construction

Construction of the new bridge is expected to begin in early to mid-2023.  The replacement will require reconstructing the concrete abutments that support the bridge.  The construction will be planned to proceed as quickly as possible to minimize the disruption to residents and commuters.  

Workers pouring concrete into a form on a job site
Updates

  • Temporary footer installed 10/18/2023.
  • Temporary closures are expected beginning 10/20/2023.  Please follow any posted detours.
  • Temporary bridge installed 10/20/2023.  Temporary bridge notes:
    • No motorized vehicles are permitted on the temporary bridge.
    • Bicyclists should dismount and walk their bikes across the bridge.
    • Always yield to and alert passing of pedestrians and slower traffic.
    • ⚠️CAUTION: The bridge may be very slippery when wet.
  • Trees transplanted on 10/27/2023.
  • Piles drilled on 11/16/2023.
  • Preparing forms at east side approach began 1/05/2024.
  • Initial concrete pour at east side approach 1/31/2024. 

Please check this page in the future for additional information and construction updates.  We thank you for your patience during the construction of this investment in our community.