High-wire act to refurbish bridge

High-wire act to refurbish bridge

By Juan Perez Jr. November 12, 2012 11:18 am Comments

There’s a nice feature in today’s paper about ongoing renovations to the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge.

Our pals Erin Grace and Jay Withrow report the high-wire, $310,000 act to replace lighting atop the bridge’s pylons can get, well, a little shifty.

The $22 million bridge, designed by Kansas City firm HNTB, opened to great fanfare in September 2008. The LED lighting system near the top of the pylons was donated by Gallup and the Suzanne and Walter Scott Foundation. But the lights only worked properly for about a week.

The bridge will remain open at night and during the weekends while crews work, but they’ll be on the bridge for up to 10 hours a day on weekdays. No one will be allowed on the bridge when workers are present. The bridge is expected to reopen on a full-time basis around Thanksgiving.