A bridge is technically a structure that spans and provides passage over something else. But, what’s really special about bridges is their ability to create community connections. This sentiment has never been more true than with the new pedestrian bridge that LJB designed to span over Interstate 675, connecting Beavercreek and Fairborn, Ohio.
The interstate has historically been a block between the cities of Fairborn and Beavercreek. The construction of the pedestrian bridge creates a new gateway for community residents and provides an alternative to driving or walking along a busy signalized roadway.
The 500-foot bridge represents a significant improvement in the quality of life for residents, especially students from Wright State and Clark State universities. The bridge offers a safe route for pedestrians and cyclists crossing between Fairborn and Beavercreek, providing better access to amenities, services and employment opportunities.
Today, more and more communities are working toward similar active transportation solutions, or “complete streets”—which provide safe and efficient options for multiple forms of transportation. For this project, the City of Beavercreek bikeway committee supported the bridge due to its connection to a larger regional bikeway system.
For more information on the pedestrian bridge, click here to watch a short video.