The 100-year vision of linking the park to the bay is finally coming to fruition.
Officials from agencies around the county -- including from San Diego's Centre City Development Corportation -- participated in a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at Park Boulevard and Harbor Drive, kicking off construction of the Harbor Drive Pedestrian Bridge.
On hand for the groundbreaking will be San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, Rep. Susan Davis, and Councilmen Ben Hueso and Kevin Faulconer.
"The Harbor Drive Pedestrian Bridge will be an important addition to the infrastructure of downtown San Diego," said Mayor Jerry Sanders.
The bridge will re-open Harbor Drive at Park Boulevard, add open space and provide a safe crossing for pedestrians over Harbor Drive and the train and trolley tracks. It will also connect the Port of San Diego parking garage with Park Boulevard. The bridge will also give Petco Park visitors an easier and safer way to get across Harbor Drive.
The bridge also fulfills a Public Utilities Commission requirement.
Construction on the bridge is anticipated to be complete Winter 2009 and is estimated to cost more than 26 million dollars.
The bridge is a collaboration of local, state, regional and federal agencies, including Caltrans, CCDC, JMI Realty, the San Diego Association of Governments and the Port of San Diego.
For more details about the bridge, visit the CCDC web site.