As I peered through the chain link fence that kept me off the 14th Street Bridge, I was really impressed with the transformation of what was never – at least to me – a handsome structure into something that could actually be called beautiful. It served its purpose for a long time as a bridge for vehicular and pedestrian traffic, since 1921, but, to me, its appearance was strictly functional. And… well… ugly. Now, as a pedestrian bridge designed to be in harmony with the rest of the River Walk, it’s easy on the eyes.
Columbus City Planner Rick Jones says it will open in its new incarnation at either the end of August or in early September. It was supposed to be open by now, but structural problems with the approach, which include building the tunnel underneath to connect the River Walk on the Georgia side, caused the delay.
Jones said the city also plans to put in a couple of restrooms in the tunnel area.
The Plaza leading into the approach is scheduled to be completed in 2014. He says that construction won’t prevent the opening of the bridge this year.