$27M Downtown Pedestrian Bridge Awarded

Three separate award s say the oft-delayed bridge project was worth the wait.

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Three months after opening to the public, the 550-foot Harbor Drive Pedestrian Bridge has collected three prestigious awards in as many weeks.
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The bridge won Second Place in the Bridge Category by American Road & Transportation Association; Project of the Year in the Transportation Category by the American Public Works Association (San Diego and Imperial Counties Chapter), and the Award of Excellence by Urban Land Institute, San Diego and Tijuana.
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The AMTA second-place award recognized the bridge's usage of materials appropriate for San Diego's marine environment, community involvement and providing pedestrians an alternative to potentially dangerous railroad track-crossing.
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The APWA Project of the Year Award honored the bridge's walkability and that is provides a safe passage over train and trolley tracks for pedestrians between East Village and the waterfront.
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The ULI Awards of Excellence recognize all aspects of real estate development: design, construction, economic viability, marketing and management.
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The Harbor Drive Pedestrian Bridge, located at the intersection of Park Boulevard and Harbor Drive in downtown San Diego, opened for pedestrians on March 18, 2011.
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“It was constructed as a requirement of the Public Utilities Commission due to the reconfiguration of streets to accommodate construction of PETCO Park,” said Director of Communications for the Centre City Development Corporation (CCDC) Derek Danziger.
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It was designed to rise toward the East Village sky while connecting a parking lot near the new Hilton to Petco Park.
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It has a 130-foot center angled pylon.
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The bridge is “one of the longest self-anchored pedestrian suspension bridges in the world,” Danziger said.
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It was designed by TY Lin International and Safdie Rabines Architects.
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“The unique design evolved through an extensive community process that indicated that with its important proximity to the waterfront, convention center, PETCO Park and Gaslamp Quarter the bridge should be iconic as well as functional,” said Danziger.
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The Public Utilities Commission mandate came in 2003 to build it, but construction did not start until 2008.
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It was supposed to take a year to complete.
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But that didn't happen.
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The bridge took longer to build then the Hilton hotel next to it.
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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 then-Padres majority owner John Moores, and state and federal agencies.)
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The bridge cost $27 million, substantially higher than the original projected cost, which was $13 million.
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Because locals were forced to cope with the construction zone, the San Diego Padres held an Opening Day celebration April 5, 2011, that included live music.
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