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FDOT unveils plan for pedestrian bridge over New River — CANCELLED

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UPDATE: March 6, 2019

FDOT has cancelled this meeting and the feasibility study related to a pedestrian bridge over the New River. In a letter on March 5, 2019, FDOT said: “The New River Pedestrian Crossing PD&E study has been cancelled. The Department will scale back the study and evaluate signing and/or pavement marking options to provide a safe alternate route for the bicyclists and pedestrians crossing the New River.”

UPDATE: FEB. 27, 2019

FDOT has organized a meeting to discuss the Project Development and Environment (PD&E) study on this pedestrian bridge, and it is open to the public.

Anyone with concerns or feedback about this bridge is encouraged to attend.

The meeting is scheduled for March 14 in Fort Lauderdale. Click here for more details.

ORIGINAL REPORT: June 19, 2018

The Florida Department of Transportation issued a feasibility study for a pedestrian/bicyclist bridge over the New River in downtown Fort Lauderdale.

The team evaluated alternatives at four locations over the river as well as several “no-build” alternatives including a water shuttle to cross the river or trolley service to transport pedestrians and cyclists on U.S. 1 through the existing Henry E. Kinney Tunnel under the river.

One option. Rendering from T.Y. Lin International Group

The 57-year-old tunnel’s “poor vehicular visibility and narrow sidewalks make the pedestrian experience crossing Federal Highway less than desirable and make the tunnel prone to pedestrian and bicyclist accidents,” according to the FDOT study.

Members of the marine industry have expressed concern over another bridge impeding marine traffic, not to mention the high cost of building it that could be better spent elsewhere.

To read the proposal visit Florida Department of Transportation.

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