Elyria-Swansea is one step closer to a bridge over troubled walkers

Key pieces of the link have arrived.

Work on a new pedestrian bridge spanning the York Street railroad crossing in Elyria Swansea, June 27, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Work on a new pedestrian bridge spanning the York Street railroad crossing in Elyria Swansea, June 27, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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A treacherous intersection that forces kids to navigate freight train tracks and missing sidewalks is significantly closer to getting fixed with a pedestrian bridge.

The main framework of the bridge arrived at 47th and York in Elyria-Swansea via wide-load trucks Thursday. Crews will lift it into place as early as next week, so the bridge will start to look like a bridge.

Students on the way to school at Swansea Elementary have to cross the tracks, but a freight train sometimes blocks their path and makes them late. About 100 children will use the bridge each day, according to the North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative. It’s scheduled to finish in December but, Denver Public Works engineer Brian McLaren said, “We’re doing everything we can to get it done as soon as possible.”

The project comes with a $12 million price tag, paid for with bond money approved by voters in 2017. It will rise 42 feet tall and span more than 1,300 feet, including the ramps.

Kevin slapped on his hard hat and roamed the site for a few minutes. Here are some pictures of the progress:

Work on a new pedestrian bridge spanning the York Street railroad crossing in Elyria Swansea, June 27, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Work on a new pedestrian bridge spanning the York Street railroad crossing in Elyria Swansea, June 27, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Work on a new pedestrian bridge spanning the York Street railroad crossing in Elyria Swansea, June 27, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Work on a new pedestrian bridge spanning the York Street railroad crossing in Elyria Swansea, June 27, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Work on a new pedestrian bridge spanning the York Street railroad crossing in Elyria Swansea, June 27, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Work on a new pedestrian bridge spanning the York Street railroad crossing in Elyria Swansea, June 27, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Work on a new pedestrian bridge spanning the York Street railroad crossing in Elyria Swansea, June 27, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Work on a new pedestrian bridge spanning the York Street railroad crossing in Elyria Swansea, June 27, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Work on a new pedestrian bridge spanning the York Street railroad crossing in Elyria Swansea, June 27, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Work on a new pedestrian bridge spanning the York Street railroad crossing in Elyria Swansea, June 27, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Work on a new pedestrian bridge spanning the York Street railroad crossing in Elyria Swansea, June 27, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Work on a new pedestrian bridge spanning the York Street railroad crossing in Elyria Swansea, June 27, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

 

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