Pedestrian bridge over Northwest Expressway soon to be a reality
Construction is set to start this winter on a $3 million pedestrian bridge that will create a safe passage at Northwest Expressway and Wilshire Boulevard for users of the Oklahoma City Trails.
The bridge, spanning 130 feet over the six-lane expressway, includes construction of a trail that will connect to the existing Hefner-Overholser Trail near Canal Road and MacArthur Boulevard and existing bike lanes on Wilshire south of the expressway. The bridge includes Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant ramps and is designed with a lit chevron on top of the span.
The stretch of Northwest Expressway at Wilshire has an average daily vehicle count topping 46,000. The bridge is set to open by mid-2021.
The trails system started with a privately funded, $400,000 bike and jogging track created in 1983 at Lake Hefner. Those 1½ miles of trails, now named the Bert Cooper Trails in honor of the late advocate and steel executive, have grown into an 80-mile system that extends into every quadrant of the city. Funding has been provided from bond issues and MAPS initiatives approved by voters over the past dozen years.