SACRAMENTO REGIONAL TRANSIT OPENS PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE AT COSUMNES RIVER COLLEGE
|CONTACT: Susan Bitar||DATE: October 31, 2016|
|OFFICE: 916-556-0300||FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
SACRAMENTO, CA – The Sacramento Regional Transit District (RT) and Cosumnes River College (CRC) officials today celebrated the opening of the 322-foot-long pedestrian bridge from the CRC station platform to the parking garage.
“We are proud to complete the pedestrian bridge, an important element of connectivity for the community of CRC and access to the light rail station,” said Henry Li, RT General Manager/CEO.
“The completion of this bridge is yet another example of ways we are strengthening transportation connections in Sacramento. By linking students and commuters with public transportation options such as light rail and buses, this pedestrian gateway is making travel throughout our region safer and more efficient,” said Congresswoman Doris Matsui. “I applaud Sacramento Regional Transit District and CRC for their work on this critical project for our community.”
In order to preserve sight lines into and out of the campus, the bridge was designed to be as slim as possible. Such design was a significant structural challenge given the two 75-foot spans over the CRC east entrance. Precast concrete was selected as the best way to achieve the desired appearance with minimal structure depth. The pedestrian bridge zig-zags over the various roadways, gradually sloping to reduce the overall ramp length.
“The pedestrian bridge serves as a very visible gateway at the busiest entrance to the CRC campus,” said Dr. Edward Bush, President, Cosumnes River College. “The bridge and the adjacent parking structure were designed together to match the aesthetics of the other buildings at CRC.”
The construction cost, including the new entrance sign, was approximately $1.9 million, paid for by federal, state and local funds.
About Sacramento Regional Transit District (RT)
RT operates approximately 69 fixed routes and 43 miles of light rail that covers a 418 square-mile service area. Buses and light rail trains operate 365 days a year. RT’s entire bus and light rail system is accessible to the disabled community.