OREM, Utah — Utah Valley University cut the ribbon on its new pedestrian bridge Thursday.
At more than 1,000 feet in length, the new bridge connects the university's two campuses with the Intermodal Center. Students housed in the main campus will be within a three-block walking distance of the FrontRunner station.
For snowy days, the bridge's 15,000 square feet of heated concrete and full-coverage roof will make the walk safer, as will the 125 lights and 18 security cameras.
“The bridge is a wonderful example of a partnership between UVU, UDOT, UTA, and Orem City to come together with the support from the legislature to make this project possible,” said UVU Vice President of Finance and Administration Val Peterson. “This project will contribute to reducing the number of cars on our roadways and in our parking lots, contributing to better air quality and a greener environment.”
According to officials, the bridge follows through on the university's environmental and sustainability efforts.
“I am very excited about the walkable community this bridge project creates,” Peterson said. “It will link over 8,000 students, 4,000 commuters arriving via FrontRunner, and the West Campus being integrated to the main campus.”