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20 minutes ago, CarolinaDaydreamin said:

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This is one of SBP's bridges the Consol Energy Bridge in WV. They along with Thomas & Hutton (who I find less inspiring) will be designing the bridge. I would love for this to be a signature piece to the Charlotte Skyline, but at $11.5m it won't be that type of project.

https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/development/article234213887.html

 

Liberty Bridge in Greenville is pretty nice and it was $4.5M, also by SBP

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5 minutes ago, CarolinaDaydreamin said:

It was built with '03 money lol. Also won't think be at least double the span of Liberty?

650 feet for 277, 380 for Liberty. I did forget it was 15 years old, feels like yesterday. 

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1 minute ago, ricky_davis_fan_21 said:

650 feet for 277, 380 for Liberty. I did forget it was 15 years old, feels like yesterday. 

I would imagine 650 could cost substantially more per linear foot than a 380 ft span, however Consol Energy donated 15m for that 786' bridge, so we may be in the same ballpark quality wise. Very interested to see how this one turns out. 

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1 minute ago, CarolinaDaydreamin said:

I would imagine 650 could cost substantially more per linear foot than a 380 ft span, however Consol Energy donated 15m for that 786' bridge, so we may be in the same ballpark quality wise. Very interested to see how this one turns out. 

Well, since it's going to take 3 years to complete, we'll be in the middle of Water War 1 by then. So the final cost will be something like $8M and 10,000 barrels of water.

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4 hours ago, DMann said:

Charlotte Center City Partners and U.S. Bank have reached an agreement to make the Minneapolis-based bank the lead sponsor of a long-delayed bike and pedestrian bridge connecting uptown and South End.

Executives from Center City Partners and U.S. Bank told the Charlotte Business Journal that the company is contributing $1 million to the project. A formal announcement is planned on Wednesday.

Last summer, Charlotte City Council approved the project in collaboration with Mecklenburg County and the state transportation department. At the time, the three governmental entities committed a combined $9.5 million toward the $11 million bridge, with the remaining $1.5 million to be raised privately by Center City Partners.

Michael Smith, Center City Partners CEO, told CBJ that goal has now been met, thanks in large part to U.S. Bank and some smaller private donors. The bridge has not yet been designed. Smith said it remains to be determined how U.S. Bank’s lead sponsorship will be represented as part of the bridge.

Speaking generally about the bridge, which will be built next to the existing Lynx Blue Line light-rail span over Interstate 277, Smith told CBJ, “This is one of those rare opportunities for our community to connect great neighborhoods, but it’s also a move that allows us to physically demonstrate our values. To do something iconic.”

Earlier this year, council approved a $1.2 million contract to hire Thomas & Hutton Engineering Co. The rest of the project team consists of structural engineering firm SBP, whose portfolio includes One World Trade Center in New York; Airboat Studio; Integra Architecture; and CMW Design Strategies. Design work will begin later this year with a projected opening date for the bridge in late-2022.

“We are very excited to connect the community in a very tangible way,” said Dee O’Dell, executive vice president of consumer and business banking at U.S. Bank. O’Dell is the company’s highest-ranking executive in Charlotte. “The Rail Trail Bridge is another way for U.S. Bank to demonstrate its commitment to Charlotte.”

U.S. Bank, whose parent company is U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB), already has 800 employees located in Charlotte. It is the fifth-largest bank in the country, with a national presence through its mortgage, auto loan and credit card businesses.

The company has bank branches in 25 states in the Midwest and West. This fall, it will open its first East Coast branch in Charlotte — in the former Dean & Deluca space on Tryon Street. CBJ previously reported U.S. Bank will have 10 branches in town by the end of 2020.

“Wherever we go, we invest heavily in the community,” Tim Welsh, U.S. Bank vice chairman of consumer banking sales and support, told CBJ. “What we were particularly excited about with this project is that this is an opportunity to literally bridge a divide and bring communities together.”

The 650-foot span will, for the first time, link the 3.5-mile Rail Trail in South End directly with uptown. The pedestrian bridge was included in the original light-rail plans, but removed in 2004 to save money.

U.S. Bank has also pledged an unspecified amount over the next five years to pay for upgrades along the Rail Trail with what Smith described as “programming and experiential enhancements.” Rapid growth in South End, including an apartment boom and a 23-story tower housing Lowe’s new technology hub, will make the trail more essential, Smith said.

The paved pathway is used by joggers, walkers, cyclists and people riding scooters to get to and from home, work and to avoid the hassles of parking and traffic. Smith said the bridge will be owned by the city.

Charlotte and Mecklenburg are each contributing $3.1 million to the bridge, while the state transportation department pledged $3.3 million.

 

4 hours ago, Madison Parkitect said:

Thrilled to finally have that bridge! But late-2022? Three years to build a 650-foot pedestrian bridge? 2022 is the opening date for the new Duke tower and it's a 40-story building!

 

Good news!   May I ask why this wasn't part of the original bridge when the rail was built?

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9 minutes ago, t_money said:

 

 

 

Good news!   May I ask why this wasn't part of the original bridge when the rail was built?

This version will actually be separate from the bridge, not built into an upgraded bridge. They were going over way over budget, and this, along with a station at Rampart St, in South End, and one in Pineville were cut.

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1 hour ago, Madison Parkitect said:

What about moving walkways like at airports? If you hit one of those right with an electric scooter I bet you could get up to like 30MPH.

I vote for a cable-car/gondola style ride. The future is now!

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This is definitely great news for a large pedestrian/bike connection into Uptown. Now what we need next is an actual pedestrian/bike path through the city. Has anyone ever ridden along the "rail trail" in Uptown? Half of it is the lightrail platforms and in a few spots there is a separate pathway, but really awful for actually trying to bike across the city

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29 minutes ago, Matthew.Brendan said:

Yes the Rail Trail inside Uptown needs to be seriously addressed and continued north along the BLE. 

 

39 minutes ago, JHart said:

This is definitely great news for a large pedestrian/bike connection into Uptown. Now what we need next is an actual pedestrian/bike path through the city. Has anyone ever ridden along the "rail trail" in Uptown? Half of it is the lightrail platforms and in a few spots there is a separate pathway, but really awful for actually trying to bike across the city

Agree. While this extension across 277 will be a nice option for folks walking to work from South End, it doesn't do much for anyone running or biking further into  the city as you'll still need divert off just before Stonewall. It would be ideal to add a spur to connect over to South Blvd so someone can cross uptown using Caldwell & Brevard.

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You beat me to this.  I looked through the window and saw the blueprints on a table last night.

There was a Chipotle logo on the blue prints and I got excited.

 

Don't forget all the space available in 400 S. Tryon where the BOA branch once was located.

It needs a great tenant also.

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