The pedestrian bridge over the Missouri River between Omaha and Council Bluffs will open to foot traffic a month or two earlier than planned. Project director Larry Foster says the design and construction companies worked together on the bridge.
Foster says, "One of the results of that approach is sometimes they just get it done quicker and that has been the case here." Foster says they’re way ahead of schedule on the span. He says, "There is still quite a bit of work to do, of course, but it does look like it will be able to open significantly before the November 30th deadline."
They’re now shooting for a ribbon-cutting at the end of September. Foster says it’s just called "the pedestrian bridge" for now, but that will likely change. "There is no name that has been established for it yet," Foster says. "That process would be something by agreement that’s mutually set and determined by both cities."
As for the landings, on the Nebraska side, there will be a plaza that’s still being built, while on the Iowa side, pedestrians will walk through a nature habitat to a park.