Another Pedestrian Bridge In Raleigh's Future?

Posted November 11, 2005 3:32 a.m. EST

— The pedestrian bridge over the Beltline in Raleigh could soon be getting a neighbor.

The developers of the North Hills project talked with a citizens group this week about the possibility of a bridge over Six Forks Road. It would connect the existing retail complex to a proposed senior living area.

Officials predict there are 44,000 trips a day on Six Forks Road north of the Beltline. That number is expected to rise 37 percent in the next five years.

Any type of bridge over Six Forks Road will have to be approved by the state Department of Transportation.

There is already a pedestrian bridge over the Raleigh Beltline. The bridge and attached greenway, which draws plenty of foot and bike traffic, cost $3.8 million. The bridge recently won a U.S. Department of Transportation award for Environmental Excellence.