The Broadway Station redevelopment site is bifurcated by the Consolidated Main Line (CML), which consists of Union Pacific (UP), Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF), and Regional Transportation District (RTD) train and light rail tracks. Matrix designed the South Pedestrian Bridge to improve connectivity between the RTD Station, an underserved area west of the CML, and future commercial and residential development on the east side of the consolidated lines. The proposed bridge is a 411-foot, three-span, prefabricated truss bridge with a 220-foot center span over the CML right-of-way. Matrix prepared a structure selection report for this crossing and determined the proposed bridge specifications would minimize costs, reduce railroad impacts, and support an expedited construction schedule. Matrix worked closely with a contractor to ensure a Construction Manager/General Contractor delivery method to facilitate coordination and minimize risk once construction starts.
In addition to generally improving safety around the CML and enhancing connectivity among area assets in a cost-effective and low-risk manner, the bridge incorporates iconic features such as a faux water tower that pays tribute to the tower at the former Gates Rubber Factory and monument signage that tells the history of the factory and redevelopment efforts. Ultimately, the Matrix Team created a bridge design that will enhance existing assets and meet current urban needs, while highlighting the rich history and unique attributes of the site.