Planned since at least 1997 when it was included in the TIF 97 development plan, the Pine Street Pedestrian Way is an outgrowth of the 1994 City plan, which promoted pedestrian connectivity.
The planned Pine Street pedestrian bridge serves several purposes. First, it will provide general pedestrian connectivity. The Warehouse District has limited connection with Front Street and the proposed pedestrian bridge would improve that. A better pedestrian connection will attract more walkers into the Warehouse District promoting more commerce in that area. Secondly, a better pedestrian connection will help maximize the usefulness of a planned parking structure at or near the corner of West Front & Pine.
A third downtown parking structure is planned for Pine and West front to serve the west side of downtown including the Warehouse District. Without the bridge, there may need to be another parking solution in the Warehouse District just to serve that area. Thirdly, the bridge will carry the electrical lines for TCLP and complete the overhead to underground conversion for this area. The bridge provides a cost effective aesthetically acceptable method of crossing the river with utility lines versus boring the lines under the river.
To view the most recent conceptual plan of the bridge, please click HERE.