Pedestrian bridge

Construction continues on the pedestrian bridge from Haymarket Park to the newly opened Pinnacle Bank Arena on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013. The bridge, which had faulty girders, won't be ready in time for the first couple of concerts at the arena.

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The pedestrian bridge that spans from a parking lot to the Pinnacle Bank Arena will be open Sunday, in time for the Husker women's basketball exhibition. 

Paula Yancey, project manager with PC Sports, said Friday the reconstruction has gone well and is on schedule.

With the bridge opening, drivers won't have to take a shuttle to the arena but rather can walk less than a half mile across the bridge to the arena's north doors. From the farthest parking spot, it takes at most about eight minutes. 

Two girders slipped on April 19, halting construction until engineering firms could weigh in on what happened and how to fix it. Work began on the fix in late September. 

Officials found problems with concrete blocks that connect the girders, called a diaphragm, causing one girder to not fully connect to the next. About six feet of the girder was crushed to rubble by too much pressure during tension testing.

The bridge still will be closed to foot traffic on non-event days while Hawkins Construction completes the project, adding 18-foot letters that spell out "Lincoln" along the bridge. 

The fixes on the $7.9 million bridge are paid for by insurance.

 

Reach Jordan Pascale at 402-473-7120, jpascale@journalstar.com or follow him on Twitter: @LJSPascale.

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