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Mar 16, 2012 2:22 PM by Greg Boyce

New pedestrian bridge makes kids safer

A new pedestrian bridge will make walking to school safer at Stratmoor Hills Elementary.

The bridge eliminates children having to cross B Street, some railroad tracks and Loomis Avenue on their way to and from school.  The bridge is also lighted and provides some protection from bad weather.

"There has long been a need to provide a safe route to school for the kids in this neighborhood," said Commissioner Dennis Hisey, who represents the area on the Board of County Commissioners. "El Paso County and Harrison School district came together with Fort Carson as part of their railroad expansion project bringing critical pieces to the table allowing this pedestrian bridge to be built. Students no longer have to cross a busy street and a set of railroad tracks getting to and from school."

El Paso County purchased a small piece of land on the east side of the road to support as one end of the bridge, while the school district provided the land on the west side. The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers paid for construction of the bridge as part of the railroad yard expansion at Fort Carson.

A ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28 at the bridge.

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