THE UNIVERSITY DISTRICT BRIDGE IS ONE STEP CLOSER
TO CONSTRUCTION BUT SOME PEOPLE THINK IT'S A BRIDGE
THE PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE WOULD SPAN THE B-N-S-F RAILROAD
TRACKS JUST WEST OF SHERMAN AT MARTIN LUTHER KING
BOULEVARD AND CONNECT TO EAST RIVERSIDE SOUTH OF THE
KXLY 4'S AARON LUNA IS WORKING FOR YOU.
TO BRING THE LATEST PROGRESS ON THE BRIDGE AND WHERE
THE CITY IS LOOKING FOR FUNDING.
The University District bridge would basically cross
the railroad tracks about 100 yards to my right.
The planning for the bridge has been in the works
for quite some time.
However the funding for the bridge hasn't been nailed
EARLY DESIGNS SHOW AN EXPANSIVE BRIDGE THAT SPANS
370 FEET ACROSS THE BNF RAILROAD TRACKS AND MARTIN
LUTHER KING JR.
THE CITY HAS ALREADY BOUGHT A BUSINESS ALONG SPRAGUE
TO CONNECT THE BRIDGE TO SHERMAN AVE.
THE PROJECT IS DESIGNED TO CONNECT THE U DISTRICT
TO SPRAGUE AND PAVE THE WAY FOR REVITALIZATION IN
SO FAR THE CITY SPENT 3.1 MILLION DOLLARS PROVIDED
BY THE STATE FOR THE DESIGN AND RIGHT OF WAY PURCHASE.
THE CITY SAYS BIDS FOR PROJECT HAVEN'T BEEN RECEIVED
BUT THE CONSTRUCTION RANGE WOULD BE BETWEEN 6.6 AND
7.9 MILLION DOLLARS.
Majority of it typically comes from a state or federal
source either at 80 or 87.5% there and the rest comes
from a local source typcially for road projects we
have the arterial street funds to cover that cost,
IN THIS PROJECT UNIVERSITY DISTRICT REVITALIZATION
AREA FUNDS WOULD BE UTILIZED.
But basically the taxes raised in the U-District area
or UDRA boundary instead of going to the state the
state has allowed it to come back to the area to be
used for seed money like for this bridge,
OPPONENTS OF THE BRIDGE HAVE CALLED IT A BRIDGE TO
OTHERS SAY THE COST IS RIDICULOUS.
SOME QUESTION WHY ANYONE WOULD WANT A BRIDGE THAT
CONNECTS TO EAST SPRAGUE.
WSU SAYS IT'S PERFECT FOR STUDENTS IN THE HEALTH SCIENCE
FIELD TO COMMUTE TO AND FROM THE HOSPITAL DISTRICT
AND HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH THE CITY ON DESIGN AND
Safety and security, those kind of access issues as
it relates and what role WSU will have maitaining
the bridge on a day to day basis in conjuction with
THE CITY SAYS IT WILL SOON BE SHOVEL READY FOR THE
PROJECT AND IS NOW WAITING ON FINANCING.
We're competing on a regional and national level so
it's a great project it's just a matter of how we
complete with other projects,
The city will host a public workshop for anyone interested
in finding out more information on the University
For information on that time and date head to KXLY.com,
click on the newslinks tab.
Reporting in downtown Aaron Luna KXLY 4 News.