After much delay, a new pedestrian bridge leading directly to the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln opened to the public Sunday morning.
The opening comes after two girders slipped April 19th, stopping construction. Engineers determined there were problems with concrete blocks that connected the girders. Repair work began in September. Insurance covered the additional work.
"We are so excited for the pedestrian bridge," said Karen Rehm. "We have men's basketball tickets so we will be utilizing it to get back and forth, so we're very excited because it's connecting our new downtown arena area to the Saltdog area." The bridge goes over railroad tracks separating the arena from Haymarket Park.
"I've seen all these tweets and Facebook posts about it and I thought it'd be really cool to check it out," said Jack Ehrke. "It gives really good views of the city that I've never really seen before. Just having more access points to the arena and more places for people to park and still get to the arena without having to walk a mile is gonna be really nice."
"Accessibility is huge and it does allow that connection between two different areas and where you can park," said Rehm.
The bridge will remain closed to pedestrians when arena events aren't held while workers add 18-foot letters along the span that will spell out "Lincoln."