Pedestrian Bridge over KY 32

  • Project Owner: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
  • Location: Rowan County, KY

     Students walking to and from Rowan County Middle School in Morehead, Kentucky had to cross a five lane, high volume road at its intersection with another major street. Senior citizens had to cross the same busy thoroughfare, KY 32 at the Second Street intersection, to reach the St. Claire Medical Center. This concentration of high vehicular traffic and pedestrians, mostly children, was a safety concern for the community leaders of Morehead and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

     The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet selected Crawford to provide all surveying, studies, right-of-way plans and grade/drain/surface and structure plans for a pedestrian bridge crossing to address the concerns at this location. The need for a pedestrian bridge was clear; the hospital and school system were both committed to donating the necessary right-of-way. However, how best to fit a bridge on this congested urban site required some innovative thinking as well as input and cooperation from the community.

     The typical pedestrian bridge solution involves long ramps, winding up to the main crossing span. At this location, these ramps would have obscured the front of the middle school building and taken several parking spaces from the hospital. School, hospital, and community leaders objected to the impact the ramps would have had on the area. The solution was to provide stair and elevator towers on each end of the crossing with the community accepting responsibility for operation and maintenance of the elevators.

     In the spirit of communication with the public stakeholders, Crawford created a computer animated virtual walk-through of the proposed bridge as well as the still-image rendering (left).

     These presentations helped to assure the community that the proposed structure would fit aesthetically with its surroundings as well as serve its utilitarian function.

     The resulting structure is attractive and solved the safety concerns of this pedestrian crossing. The community is pleased with the results and Crawford is pleased to have been a part of the solution.