Instant Live 8: Pedestrian bridge over I-35 to open in Denton

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Posted on October 16, 2012 at 8:44 AM

Updated Friday, Oct 18 at 5:29 PM

DENTON – Thousands of Mean Green fans will soon parade over the University of North Texas newest addition to campus.

Tuesday night, students, faculty and staff will be over to cross over Interstate 35 via a pedestrian bridge. The $2.5 million bridge connects the main campus north of the interstate to the Apogee Stadium just south of the highway.

Construction started in February using funds from both the university and Denton County, which came from the Regional Toll Revenue Funds.

The bridge is 20-feet wide, 354-feet long and 17-feet tall and is fully accessible for fans with disabilities. The idea of having a crossover bridge above the interstate was in consideration for almost 10 years.

"I think it's really important element of our campus," said Helen Bailey, director of Facilities Management and Construction. "As time has gone by, we've started to become short on land on the main campus and we've needed to expand and this gives us the opportunity to connect to the other side where we've got a lot more available land."

A ribbon cutting ceremony at the bridge was set for 5 p.m. Tuesday. After the ceremony, the bridge will open for use in time for UNT’s home football game against the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.

The bridge entrance is on the south side of Lot 20, which is located along North Texas Boulevard and I-35, south of Fouts Field.

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