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Skydance Bridge to be redesigned

The cost of the planned pedestrian bridge over the new Interstate 40 skyrocketed to more than twice its original estimate.
BY BRYAN DEAN Modified: October 27, 2010 at 5:14 am •  Published: October 27, 2010
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State officials also suggested the city might be required to use only bridge-certified fabricators for the steel needed for the project, raising the price on materials. The location of the bridge also changed slightly so it wouldn't be so close to Union Station, Thompson said.

"There will be a change in the appearance, but the functionality will still be there," Thompson said. "I think this is going to be a significant symbolic structure and will have an exceptional look."

The bridge's main feature, the giant sculpture, remains unchanged. Cables will still run from the sculpture to the main part of the bridge, but they will no longer be load-bearing, Thompson said.

Instead, the lower part of the bridge will have a truss design, which will change the look of the bridge. It also will be thinner, going from 30 feet wide to 20 feet wide.

Cornett said although he would like to use the original design, he expects the redesigned bridge will still accomplish the city's goal of making the bridge stand out to motorists who don't plan to stop as they drive through Oklahoma City.

"The bridge as currently designed will significantly raise the bar for pedestrian bridges in Oklahoma City," Cornett said.