The new Pete Rose Way Pedestrian Bridge took
a big step forward Wednesday when crews installed a 151-foot piece of the
The bridge will cross over Pete Rose Way
between U.S. Bank Arena and Great American Ball Park (GABP). Not only will the bridge
enhance pedestrian safety, but it will also have an impact on local businesses.
"It's important to get people up to the
plaza level to get people where they want to go as quickly and safely as
possible," said City of Cincinnati Senior Engineer Jared McFadden.
The pedestrian bridge will help car traffic
flow on Pete Rose Way after events at U.S. Bank Arena and GABP.
The project is also adding parking downtown.
"We are doing a 125-space parking lot in
what we call the dumbo lot, underneath the Fort Washington Way/2nd Street
area," said McFadden.
The bridge and the additional parking is good
news for U.S. Bank Arena.
"This pedestrian bridge gives people
another option to walk from their downtown office and come purchase a
ticket. It does make it a lot easier for people," said Ian Bolender, marketing director at U.S. Bank Arena.
The bridge has a price tag of $1.5 million
and is being funded jointly by the Ohio Department of Transportation, the City of
Cincinnati and Hamilton County.
Rose Way will be closed until Friday afternoon. The street will close again
near the pedestrian bridge during the week of August 12th for more construction work.