Harbor Drive Bridge Now Open

By R. Stickney
|  Friday, Mar 18, 2011  |  Updated 11:54 AM PDT
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$27M Downtown Pedestrian Bridge Awarded

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Harbor Drive Bridge Update

The bridge has been a long time coming and is still not done, reports Channel 4 San Diego.
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The Harbor Drive pedestrian bridge is officially open for business.

The walkway definitely gets your attention and raises your curiosity. It was designed to rise majestically into the East Village sky while connecting a parking lot near the new Hilton to Petco Park

The span is 550 feet long, took more than eight years to build and cost $27 million (more than double the price).

The Public Utilities Commission mandate came in 2003 to build it, but construction did not start until 2008. It was supposed to take a year to complete. But that didn't happen. Delays were blamed on the uniqueness of the structure as well as the number of entities involved in the project (CCDC, the railroad, MTS the trolley operator, JMI Realty owned by Padres owner John Moores, and state and federal agencies.)

Because Padres fans have had to cope with the construction zone, the San Diego Padres are planning a celebration for Opening Day on Tuesday April 5 that includes live music.

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