Pedestrian Bridge

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  1. kludger

    kludger New Member

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    With the South End Zone / ISU Entrance project, what are the chances we get a pedestrian bridge (or tunnel?) to cross University Blvd at South 16th? While they are at it, put one at University and South 4th, too. Seems like that would help traffic flow and maybe even create a grander "entrance"?
     
  2. MNCyGuy

    MNCyGuy Well-Known Member

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    That would be very cool and convenient, but is it in the scope of the project? Also, wouldn't the city have to weigh in on that as well?
     
  3. NorthCyd

    NorthCyd Well-Known Member

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    But that would ruin the fun of dodging traffic on University while attempting to conceal the last beer I am drinking before going into the game.
     
  4. kludger

    kludger New Member

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    Use would be limited to 6 or 7 days out of the year, too. Not all that practical, I guess.
     
  5. Me State

    Me State Well-Known Member

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    It should be a no brainer at this point. Would help traffic flow and improve public safety.
     
  6. MNCyGuy

    MNCyGuy Well-Known Member

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    I do think it would be valuable, and you could definitely jazz it up to fit the "Gateway to Iowa State" theme of the project.
     
  7. mtowncyclone13

    mtowncyclone13 Well-Known Member

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    #7 mtowncyclone13, Dec 2, 2013
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    Retailers design huge parking lots for one weekend. We can have a pedestrian bridge for 6 or 7 games. It would really help the traffic flow and be a cool design.

    I'm not sure if building it would change the legality of open containers as you cross the street. You can have open containers because ISU allows you to drink on their property (which is against state law as they have a site-specific liquor license but it's overlooked) while the City of Ames does not allow open containers on public property. Crossing the street still means you would have to cross City right-of-way where city law applies. The local ordinance would need to be changed to allow open containers in specific parts of town on specific days, which may be a political battle. On the other hand, you don't want to bite the hands that feeds you.
     
  8. CYUL8R

    CYUL8R Well-Known Member

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    #8 CYUL8R, Dec 2, 2013
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    It would be cool and get used more than just football days. Iowa games, intramural field access, even people just out for a walk would use it. If you want to make a grand entrance, why not also make it functional.

    Something like this might fit in nicely:

    LC Clock Tower.jpg
     
  9. Clonehomer

    Clonehomer Well-Known Member

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    #9 Clonehomer, Dec 2, 2013
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    Make it just like what UNI did for the Unidome. For more functionality, use ramps rather than stairs to have it connected to the city bike trails. The lead up would need more space, but I'm sure that could be arranged.

    Or just do it like the tunnel for Hilton. The road is high enough that they may not have make the tunnel much lower than the area around it.
     
  10. CycloneWarning

    CycloneWarning Well-Known Member

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    Count me among those that would like to see this added. Could be a nice addition to the facilities and would improve safety and game day experience.
     
  11. cyflier

    cyflier Active Member

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    The stadium is used 6-7 days a year as well, should we cancel the whole project?
     
  12. Clonefan94

    Clonefan94 Well-Known Member

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    Maybe they could design it like the IKEA escalators. You ride on one side and they would have a separate belt that would carry your beer over without you having to hold it.
     
  13. kludger

    kludger New Member

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    The issue with a tunnel would be storm sewers and other utilities that may run under the street.
     
  14. ripvdub

    ripvdub Well-Known Member

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    I brought this idea up this summer and most thought it was a dumb idea. But it improves safety and tragic flow, winwin.
     
  15. Luth4Cy

    Luth4Cy Well-Known Member

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    #15 Luth4Cy, Dec 2, 2013
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    Not positive on this but I think the school is more or less in charge of the street when it owns property on both sides of it.
     
  16. JP4CY

    JP4CY Well-Known Member

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    Some of you have no idea how much it would cost to tunnel under a road. It will be so ridiculously out of reach.
     
  17. 3TrueFans

    3TrueFans Well-Known Member

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    Just a few guys with shovels, we'll bang that out in a weekend.
     
  18. MLawrence

    MLawrence Well-Known Member

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    Shoot, get a couple kegs and that sucker will done in hours.
     
  19. burn587

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    Also University avenue is set up to be a levee against the squaw creek so in order to do the tunnel idea they would need to put large floodgates on the tunnel ends.
     
  20. ianoconnor

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    Count me in.
     

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