SALT LAKE CITY – A footbridge at Utah Valley University (UVU) is operational. The bridge was completed in early February 2021. It spans nearly 1,000 feet and is suspended above the busy I-15 multi-lane highway in Utah County. It was built to safely accommodate pedestrian, bicycle, and scooter traffic between the Utah Transit Authority’s (UTA) Frontrunner Orem station and the UVU campus.
Pedestrian bridge offers safety and warmth
This massive pedestrian bridge is partially enclosed and equipped with elevators and a heated bridge deck, which is also covered. It’s 15 feet wide and costs $ 30.7 million.
The curiosity was too great for Don Russell, a retired public relations manager, who wanted to see it and try it out for himself.
“Very impressive. It’s a solid two blocks long and spans all the highway lanes and railroad tracks,” said Russell.
It is truly an architectural and engineering marvel. I also wanted to see how well it went together with the UTA frontrunner train and access to the UVU and how well it went together. “
The experience of walking across the bridge
And what was it like walking high above all the lanes on I-15? “It was fun. I enjoyed it and am looking forward to doing it again. I hope UVU students and locals alike will make ample use of it,” said Russell.
Despite the length of the footbridge, Russell said the crossing only took about five minutes, including the time it took to use the access steps and elevator.