New Pete Rose Way pedestrian bridge opens for business

CINCINNATI -- An integral new part to the central riverfront opened for business Monday.

Mayor Mark Mallory and Hamilton County Commission President Chris Monzel presided over the lighting of the new Pete Rose Way pedestrian bridge and stairway. They held a ribbon cutting at dusk to light the tower at the top of the stairs.

"This bridge is state of the art," Mallory said. "It connects the street and the sidewalks to U.S. Bank Arena and Great American Ballpark, giving citizens a superior and safe avenue for travel."

The new 143-foot bridge near the U.S. Bank Arena replaced a temporary bridge built in 1999.

It connects the lower level of Pete Rose Way and the parking structures there to the stadium seating levels.

The stair tower is 38 feet high with two sets of 61 steps for a total of 122 steps.

The programmable LED lighting scheme that Mallory and Monzel activated during the ceremony glowed in red, orange and many colors of rainbow.

Work on the bridge started Nov. 27, 2012 and finished on Nov. 15, 2013.

Officials said the bridge ran $2.2 million to make and 80 percent of the funding came from the OKI (Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana) Surface Transportation Program funds distributed through OKI Regional Council of Governments.

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