The leaf has risen.
Over the weekend of July 21-23, Lone Tree lifted a symbolic structure into place on the south side of the almost completed pedestrian bridge over Lincoln Avenue.
Lincoln Avenue was closed for the weekend while the leaf was …
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Lincoln Avenue was closed for the weekend while the leaf was put in place, but opened 12 hours before expected due to a smooth process.
The leaf, an 81-foot tall metal sculpture, decorates and anchors the 170-foot pedestrian bridge, planned for completion late this year.
“We have heard loud and clear that reducing congestion and providing transportation options are a priority for our community,” said Lone Tree City Manager Seth Hoffman. “This project helps achieve both by providing safer pedestrian and bike connections and taking cars off the road, which means fewer red lights when driving on Lincoln Avenue.”
It extends over Lincoln Avenue at Heritage Hills Circle, west of the Charles Schwab corporate campus and Bank of the West. It connects the Willow Creek Trail, allowing pedestrians and cyclists to access city amenities to the south, like the Lone Tree Arts Center and Lone Tree Library location, and to the north gathering places like the Cook Creek Pool and the Lone Tree Hub.
The Lincoln Pedestrian Bridge construction, carried out by Denver-based Hamon Infrastructure, broke ground last September.
The construction project is estimated at $6.8 million. About $3.5 million of the bridge's cost will come from other entities, including South Suburban Parks and Recreation, Douglas County government, the Park Meadows Metro District, Coventry Development and Omni Park Metropolitan District.
“The leaf bridge is another example of the City of Lone Tree's commitment to improve congestion and mobility in our community,” Lone Tree Mayor Jackie Millet said in an email. “It creates a meaningful connection providing safe and convenient pedestrian and bike access to businesses and amenities on both sides of Lincoln Avenue.”
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