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City of Huntsville again applies for grant to build Skybridge

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The City of Huntsville intends to construct a 1,400-foot pedestrian suspension bridge connecting the downtown Clinton Avenue/Heart of Huntsville/Constellation Drive area to Lowe Mill.

The footbridge would rise above Memorial Parkway, providing a safe way for pedestrians to cross.

News 19 spoke to Kathy Martin, the city’s director of engineering, to learn more about the project.

“It’s really to promote safety, that’s the main purpose of this bridge,” Martin said. “To provide improved safety for alternative modes of transport, so again, to reduce vehicles on the roadway by connecting people to employment centres, community centers and recreation, too.”

The cost of the project is extremely high.

“Our cost estimate is around $64 million for all this new infrastructure,” Martin told News 19.

However, the City is applying for a federal grant to help cover 40% of the project.

“We are seeking $25 million in federal funds associated with the infrastructure bill,” Martin explained.

This isn’t the first time Huntsville has applied for the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grant. Although Huntsville has never won before, Martin said every year the town gets feedback on why it wasn’t chosen. She said Huntsville’s plans are “highly recommended”, giving her hope.

“We continue to be encouraged by the fact that they tell us this project is highly recommended, that’s the terminology used in the grant process,” Martin said. “It encourages us to reapply because for the small amount of the application and update fee for our application, you know, the opportunity to get $25 million to do as many things as this project is proposed to doing for the community, is something that is hard for us to give up.

The project would also bring a new rail bridge and improvements to the Pinhook Creek area.

Grant applications close April 14. The U.S. Department of Transportation says winners will be announced no later than August 12, 2022.


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